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How Writers Deal With Self-Doubt And Imposter Syndrome

Devika shares information to all writers. A writer that believes in hope and a positive mind overrides all negativity.

Writers are not perfectionist!

What makes you different from other writers?

Is it the Genre you choose to write about or is it your style in writing?

What is the point in writing if you are not sure of your writing style?

What makes you a perfect writer?

Self-doubt is a thorn in the side for many writers. You feel writing is for you, but not sure if you are good enough for an audience.

This is what makes you have self-doubt in writing.

  • Your writing is terrible and your writing doesn’t make sense.
  • A publishing deal is not for you.
  • An audience will give you negative reviews.

You can’t write!

These thoughts come from writers who can't deal with self-doubt and Imposter Syndrome. Issues that haunt you even if you are a top-shelf writer. Self-doubt and Imposter Syndrome are issues you can’t defend if your focus is negative. You get cold feet and back away from facing up to your challenge.

A new writer thinking their work is terrible and in doubt to share their story has a lot of self-doubts. On a regular basis, you would feel self-doubt from a first draft and to the end of a book.

A total loss of self-confidence is disappointing to all writers. Live in the moment and try harder to feel good about your work. Your words are out there trying to accept your work as it is. You are anxious other people are reading your words and being judged about how you write. To get better at writing you need criticism.

What is Imposter Syndrome?

Imposter Syndrome is added on to self-doubt like an add on in an extension.

Despite how many books you have written, and whatever you have achieved in writing along the way you feel like a fraud. You feel like a bad writer even if you are not that bad writer.

Most successful writers feel this way. Hidden by a veil and not showing your appearances like a true writer should be doing in public. When you meet a writer for the first time don’t be surprised by their reaction toward you. They stay in the dark and do not feel confident in a crowd.

Self-doubt often shows up in writers this doesn’t mean you are a bad writer be in control of your life. It is part of the writing process and you need to embrace the creative process.

Continue with your writing and feel good about your work. Jot down your feelings and control self-doubt by acknowledging your writing and the best work you have published.

Although you may not think your work is good others will think so. When you feel self-doubt your writing community can help you feel better in thought.

Writers confess about self-doubt!

If a writer has self-doubt in every article or book they have published this would ruin the attention of readers.

A reader’s confidence lies with a writer’s positive attitude and not with the self-doubt of the writer. Doubting your skills and talents will give you chronic self-doubt meaning you hold back your abilities to write.

You won’t develop a writing career feeling in this way. Be courageous in whatever you do, then you will succeed. A type of behaviour that can make you feel unable to write a story.

Self-esteem and self-confidence are not connected to Imposter Syndrome.

It is about perfectionism that I discovered from my writing. I strive for perfectionism and sometimes fail at it.

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For example:

Growing up I felt I was the sensitive one and my sibling the smart one.

When parents support their children and believe in them as perfect this shows in a child as they get older and they see it for themselves. You do not want to fail in your skills or talents and feel pressured into it. Fail in what you do and you would feel like an outcast.

You believe you do not deserve success and is a failure. Hiding behind a mask, and your lack of knowledge of the topic is another issue you have to go through in such behaviours. As if your writing is a fluke to your readers. The next time you may not succeed in your skills. It is that feeling you have liked what you have achieved that comes down to luck.

In your life, it is normal to achieve accolades and to have what you have worked so hard for, but others feel they don’t deserve it and are not capable of doing that.

You don’t need negative thoughts when you work hard at your skills. People think differently and being confident and positive about their achievements is a great start to achieving their goals.

Why think of yourself as useless when you are not that person?

We all suffer from self-doubt at some point in our lives, but with control one can avoid falling into a chronic behaviour.

Feeling worthless in writing spoils the good mood you are in for that moment. Every opportunity you have is a learning opportunity.

A lesson learned from mistakes made in the past. You shouldn’t expect a reward from every book you published. It is the mistakes you learn from that make you see your talents.

Complete tasks and focus on the outcome. Learn what works best for you. It is up to you to build a strategy to avoid Imposter Syndrome. You start a project and feel you are not ready for it.

When I first started writing I was positive and continued improvement in my work and without a doubt achieved my steady platform.

Do you feel sweaty palms and feel you can’t go on with a project?

How to handle self-doubt as a writer?


Writers share ideas with readers

Quote by the famous Poet

Bad writers tend to have self-confidence while the good ones tend to have self-doubt.

By Charles Bukowski

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Devika Primić


Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 02, 2021:

Adrienne Farricelli So kind of you to stop by. A few days ago a friend of mine came over with her dog. I just loved having them over. This dog is so well taken care of with neatly trimmed nails, and very clean and neat fur. I enjoyed that time. I like your articles about dogs.Thank you

Adrienne Farricelli on April 02, 2021:

This is a very thought-provoking article Devika. I think most writers have self-doubt at some point and it can be productive if we know how to handle it. Good points!

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 02, 2021:

Audrey Hunt you have done well in writing here. Hope all is well with you Thank you

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on March 30, 2021:

I wonder if most writers are plagued with some form of self-doubt? You've shared helpful information here and I thank you. I'm grateful for the help and support I've received here for the past 10 years. I've come along way since my first article and still have a long way to go.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 23, 2021:

Ravi Rajan I started writing in 1997 and felt good but my work wasn't perfect. Any feedback I received helped me. I appreciate your comment thank you

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 23, 2021:

Hi FlourishAnyway I agree with you and I was confident any feedback I got helped me in improving my writing. Thank you

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 23, 2021:

Hi Mary thank you for sharing your views. I felt confident writing and didn't bother what any one said. If they did it helped me.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 23, 2021:

Misbah I think for one to succeed failure is behind it. It is so right of that . True motivators are just that. I look forward reading comments that is what makes me know more about my work here. Without criticism a writer wouldn't know the value of their work. Thank you.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 23, 2021:

Charlene Gallant Thank you for following me and I appreciate your time. You can do it just give yourself credit for the work.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 23, 2021:

Peggy You are kind and supportive as all of other supporters. Thank you very much.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 23, 2021:

Bill thank you very much for comments.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 23, 2021:

manatita44 Thank you for making valuable points in your comments. Appreciate it!

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 23, 2021:

Chitrangada Sharan Thank you for comments. I appreciate your kind words.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 23, 2021:

Ann Carr Thank you for comments. Hope you are well and keeping safe.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 23, 2021:

Hi Pamela thank you very much for sharing your views. I am glad you found it interesting.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on March 22, 2021:

I think Flourish rightly mentioned the only way to handle imposter syndrome is to write more and more. The more we write, the further we keep the destructive elements of self-doubt and lack of confidence away from our minds. Thanks for sharing Devika.

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 22, 2021:

As one writes more and receives additional feedback, he or she can improve the quality of his or her work and that will bolster any self-confidence shortfalls. Some people are just naturally self-assured, whether it is merited or not.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 22, 2021:

In the past, i seldom shared mew writing with my friends as I lacked the confidence but more and more I shared it with them because they really enjoyed reading it.

Misbah Sheikh from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on March 22, 2021:

Thanks a lot Devika for sharing this informative and helpful article with us.

It's really interesting, I think all writers pass through this stage when they doubt themselves. but I think, if we will not fall, we can never learn how to get up.

Motivation helps a lot. And I think people who point out problems in you are your true motivators. They help you to grow, what do you think?


Charlene Gallant from Cape Town, South Africa on March 22, 2021:

I always doubt myself. It is why I cannot seem to finish the three novels I have been working on for the last 10 odd years:( Thank you so much for the relatable content Devika.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 22, 2021:

As to having doubts about one's skills, whether it is writing or anything else, practice makes perfect, as the old saying goes. We can always continue to learn and perfect our skills.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 22, 2021:

I think all writers can relate to at least part of this interesting article, Devika. Well done!

manatita44 from london on March 22, 2021:

Devika, you have covered a lot here. self-doubt, lack of confidence and insecurity are big ones for writers. Passion is necessary, like Bill's, Like the two Linda's; like mines, otherwise it becomes tricky for many.

I was writing and reading ardently since four and so its natural for me. No 'muse' or 'writers block' problems, which many talk about. There's another group that write the stuff down, but are afraid to read because of those negative qualities of which you speak.

I have been seeing them for 17 years on the live poetry scene and one year on the various internet platforms. Anyway, lovely write! Peace!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 22, 2021:

Interesting article and well made points, Devika.

Self doubt can happen sometimes, in any area of work, writers included. But, positive feedback from the readers gives reassurance.

As always, a well written and insightful article. Thank you for sharing.

Ann Carr from SW England on March 22, 2021:

I think all writers suffer this from time to time. If you really believe in yourself and you know your writing is good, then you have to stick at it! If it happens now and then, we have to go away for a little while and come back when we're feeling more upbeat.

This is encouraging and will make any good writer feel better to know they're not alone!


Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 22, 2021:

This is an interesting article, Devika. I didn't know about the imposter syndrome. Thank you this information.

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