Questions 3: Handling Imposter Syndrome

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So, we’ve gone over what Imposter Syndrome is and how it can be triggered.  Maybe it can happen without us identifying it right away.  No matter the case, we need to find a way to handle this powerful sensation.  An author won’t get very far if they don’t gain some amount of confidence.  We get them from ourselves, our friends, our readers, or anything that takes the time to tell us we’re real.  Harder and harder to find those these days, but that’s really a big thing that’s needed.

All that being said, let’s see if we can touch on how to help ourselves and others get through such a period.

  1. What would you say to someone who is suffering from Imposter Syndrome?
  2. What is one thing you can do to avoid falling into this mentality?
  3. Have you ever felt like a fraud and how did you handle it?

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Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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16 Responses to Questions 3: Handling Imposter Syndrome

  1. L. Marie says:

    1. That this is normal. Others who might be more experienced or more well-known also have gone through this. (https://kajabi.com/blog/celebrities-with-imposter-syndrome ) So that means keep doing what you’re doing.
    2. Since I think imposter syndrome is something creatives will face from time to time, I would only caution not allowing it to stop you as it has stopped me many times.
    3. I have felt like an imposter many times. I pray for strength and the fortitude to keep going. Another thing I’ve done is to learn more about my craft. But nothing has helped more than actually practicing my craft. It’s like the 10,000-hour rule that Malcolm Gladwell spoke about in his nonfiction. Some might balk at the number. But what he was getting at was to keep doing what you do.

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    • 1. That’s an interesting list.

      2. That’s always the challenge. Probably one of the least talked about dangers of creativity.

      3. So, it helps to try and work right through it?

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      • L. Marie says:

        I think so, especially judging by the celebrities on that list who still are working in their craft though they’ve admitted to feeling like an imposter. I know that seems easy to say, given the famous people on that list who obviously were given breaks that most people don’t seem to receive. But at some point they were validated. So I can only point to my own struggle with it and the need to keep going.

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      • I think validation and support are a big factor. Many get imposter syndrome due to others questioning and criticizing their abilities.

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  2. I would say to someone who is suffering from Imposter Syndrome to think hardest about those things they do well and try to minimize the feelings of the things they don’t do well.?
    The one thing I do to avoid falling into this mentality is to write for myself and not worry about others or success.
    I have had fraud feelings but just worked harder to push them away.

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  3. Hey! I wrote about this not long ago too. I thought inknt must be something lots of people deal with. Here is a link to my talk about it. Good stuff!

    https://dmichllowe.com/2022/10/19/maybe-im-an-imposter-maybe-im-a-fraud/

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  4. I suppose I would try to convince them they aren’t an imposter, perhaps share some things to let them know they aren’t alone. I don’t know that there’s anything I can do to avoid it. Stop looking at my sales and reviews seems logical, but it isn’t going to happen. Happens to me all the time. I get upset, but always get back to work.

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  5. I can’t speak to 2 or 3, but I would encourage them to recognize something they did right. A short sale, a passage they feel they did well. So they could see their is success to balance their fears.

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