"The fear of being unmasked as the incompetent you “really” are is so common that it actually has a clinical name: impostor syndrome." - Megan Mcardle
As a journalist, my day to day life came with so much anxiety I developed physical symptoms from it. I was convinced every article I wrote was the ONE through which the world would discover that I could not write and did not deserve to be in the position I was in.
I spent years trying to self-diagnose this debilitating condition and eventually came across the definition of ‘imposter syndrome’. It was a pivotal moment for me personally.
While I still struggle with the fears associated with it, the knowledge that I’m not alone gave me some peace at a time in my life when I felt the word ‘failure’ may as well have been tattooed across my forehead.
Now, as I continue on in my career path - which still requires daily, creative and accurate writing – I’m able to quiet the negative voice in my head and enjoy the process more. I also wish I had felt comfortable enough to reach out to peers and discuss the issues I was facing.
This (click the post title) is a brilliant article on the topic, in relation to the common practice of writers’ procrastination - which is something I have yet to best, unfortunately. I think it’s a must-read for anyone who puts pen to paper for a living and something that should be addressed in writing programs.