Write for the Love of it!
Do You Feel You’re an Impostor as a Writer?
Glenna Mageau, Award Winning Author, Speaker, Writing Coach
Do you shy away from writing? Do you feel somewhat intimidated by it? You don’t feel that your writing is good, even though you want it to be? Or you don’t feel you know how to make it good?
Do you feel like an impostor as a writer?
I know that feeling.
I know for a long time I felt like what if someone discovers I’m trying to be a writer… but they realize I’m not. I always felt like my writing wasn’t very good and who was I to write.
Now when I look back, I realize that my focus was so on the wrong things. Of course I probably wasn’t that great of a writer, I was just learning. But I always stood on the side of not good enough.
I think most writers go through this at one point or other in their writing career. There are in fact writers/authors who have made their living from writing and still feel like their writing isn’t very good. I think that is sad. To put all that time and attention into something and not see the gift you have. Writing is something that is very personal but has far reaching value.
Too often I think as writers we strive for perfection,
we make that our focus. As I mentioned in Writing is Perfectly Imperfect there is no such thing as perfect. What we need to strive for is good, maybe even great and then move on to the next story. It is truly by writing that we get better at it. The more we understand how to put a good story together, how to lay out the facts, how to tug at the emotions of the reader, how to draw them in, the better our writing will be.
You’re already a writer!
So it’s time to let go of that feeling of being an impostor or not feeling like it is good enough.
Do you want your writing to be good? Then write! That’s it. Well that and shift your focus. Your writing might not be great right now but if you keep focusing on how bad it is you won’t write. It will feel too intimidating and what’s the point.
You need to write because no one will write like you do. That’s why you need to write. Get your story down and then you can rewrite it. And if you struggle with that, you can ask for help. This is one reason why I strongly suggest creating a Beta Team.
Step into those new shoes and write.
Here’s what you need to do:
Suck it up and write!
Okay that’s a bit harsh but the truth is that we spend way too much time worrying about all the rules, and should I or shouldn’t I… so I’m saving you some time.
Let your imagination be your gift not the thing that keeps you stuck!
“Writing is something that is very personal but has far reaching value.”
Write for the Love of it!