We've all been there...
You've worked hard to achieve what you have to this point. Whether you are just finishing your first draft, manuscript, or you've already published dozens of books, you've felt it. It lingers in the back of your mind, and on your best days you ignore it. With your shield in hand you fend off the attacks of self-doubt, hyper-criticism, and feelings of fraudulence. Those days feel good. They feel really good. But as it is true in every other walk of like, the writer's life has a sinister parasite that attacks us when we are down. It has a name. It is called Impostor Syndrome.
Turns out just about everyone on the planet has felt this way...
Fledgling writers and seasoned vets feel the same crushing self-doubt, and quite a few have shared their views on this phenomenon. In fact a quick google search of Impostor Syndrome in writers, will show you that greats like Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, and Maya Angelou have spoken out on the subject. The reason I am writing this blog today is because it is an issue that I struggle with. While this article may be cathartic to me, I also hope that what I present can help you if you feel the same weight. There are a ton of perspectives out there, and although this blog is targeted at writers, I think something has been missed.
It's not a writer's problem, it is a human problem...
Christopher Lee is the indie author of Nemeton, an avid history buff, mythologist, bardic poet, and keeper of the old ways.