4 comments on “How To Get ImposterSyndromeForAuthors.version1

  1. Great post. My imposter syndrome stems from Anxiety and Social phobia, ironically they were the reasons I started writing in the first place. Now with 11 novels and several short stores self-published, I’m unable to promote them much, resulting in low sales, few reviews and a vicious circle.

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    • It’s hard. And that’s part of the reason why I write under a pen name, because then, any negative feedback or malice is directed at ‘someone else’, and not me. That only helps part of the time, though. Just tell yourself it’s for five minutes three times a week, and keep it simple. We may not write for the money, but who can manage without it completely? I think the answer is to automate some of your promo (I use Buffer, it’s not too expensive, about $12-15 per month)and that way you’ve always got a bit of promo going on at arm’s length. You can check in on any comments when it’s quiet on FB or Twitter, and minimise the emotional drain. The other thing is getting used to playing a part. Like an actor, when you are doing the more ‘public’ side of your writing, step behind the Writer and let them do the social thing, whilst the real you stays in the shadows. Have you read Becoming A Writer by Dorothea Brande? It was published in the 1930s and is still one of the best books I know for teaching you how to understand yourself as a writer.
      Let me know if you need anything else.

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  2. Thanks for replying, it’s difficult to explain. I’m happy to promote other writers on my website or by sharing on FB, but I freeze when it comes to telling people about my own work. I know I should be, after all, I spent all the time writing it, editing and all the other stuff. I’m not desperate for fortune and fame either; in fact, the idea of fame frightens me. I will investigate automation. Thanks again.

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