Welcome back to another blog hop, with #OpenBook. Here’s this week’s prompt.
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Do you ever ask yourself if you are still a writer?
It’s time for some introspection.
Like a lot of creatives, I suffer from Imposter Syndrome.
As soon as my book sales drop or social media engagement falters, the same old thoughts start to bubble up.
Is my work good enough, have I passed my peak? Was I ever really a writer to start with or was I just a victim of hubris?
The small voice in my head that whispers negative thoughts, the one that competes with all those shouting out write my story, is the most insidious of them all.
Or, as a friend of mine used to say you’re only as good as your last screw-up. Mind you, he also said What’s the point in having rank if you can’t abuse it, so maybe his outlook was a little cynical.
I also suffer from believing only the negative reviews, even a one-star rating carries more weight in my head than a five-star written review.
In my case, as an insecure and introverted writer, I need to constantly remind my inner self that I’m doing all right.
I have to regularly reassure that pesky voice that I’m doing what I love, telling stories and that’s the only point. I always said that I wasn’t doing it for the fame and fortune, I just had voices in my head telling me what to write.
If one person reads what I produce and enjoys it, my job is done.
Any money I might earn is a nice bonus.
The voices in my head clearly want me to get the words written, which I do.
If it was that important for me to be secure and content in the knowledge of my own abilities, perhaps they’d like to tell me how to do that as well.
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