Imposter Syndrome

Imposter Syndrome is roughly described as distrusting your abilities and feeling like a fraud. This psychological occurrence is more prevalent among high-achieving women, and it is estimated that most people will experience the imposter phenomenon at least once in their lives. Most writers feel like an imposter at some point on their journey and since it is so common, it can almost be viewed as a rite of passage.

I’ve experienced this phenomenon at least a few times since publishing Sylvie in 2021. That silent voice inside of my head, almost shouting “Who do you think you are?”  That voice with the sinister tone questioning whether I am a worthy enough writer, author, or poet.

But I’ve been thinking that, actually, “Who do you think you are?” is a great question I should be asking myself more often because the question tends to keep me awake to the truth, and to the infinite possibilities of my creativity.

Right now, I am a passionate writer anticipating a book signing event next month for my new book, Wandering…a long way past the past. I am also writing my next novel, Maélie. I am a wife, mother, friend, storyteller, and so much more. Like you. Like all of us. Complicated and unique as the billions of stars in our universe.

I’ve come to understand and accept that there will always be someone who will write, compose, tell, or create a story much better than me. There will always be someone who doesn’t like my writings, my books, my poetry, and or my blog. And, of course, the reverse is also true. I will probably go through the imposter phenomenon again after Wandering comes out. However, I’d like to think I might say, “Thank you so much for that question. Who do I think I am?” and answer, “Let me tell you…”

“There is always light.

If only we’re brave enough to see it.

If only we’re brave enough to be it.”

                                             ~ Amanda Gorman

How did you find solace this week?

Sharon

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