I wanted to be a writer since I was fourteen years old. I still have them, the stories I typed on my mom’s typewriter, painstakingly fixing mistakes with that white stuff I can’t remember the name of. They’re adorable, filled with teen angst and hopelessly romantic events. I smile every time I read them, because they’re so sweet…and they were the very first beginning of my writing career. [Read more…] about When a Dream Comes True…
I think all writers will recognize this undeniable truth: writing is scary as hell. Well, technically, it’s not so much the writing that’s scary, but letting others read what you’ve written. You put so much of yourself in those words, aside from all the blood, sweat, and tears, that submitting all that to someone else’s judgment is horrifying. At least, it is to me.
To me, there’s a thin line between what I write and who I am. Maybe over time, I will develop thicker skin, but I’ve heard and seen many writers express the same sentiments. There’s even a word for it, though it doesn’t specifically relate to writers only: Imposter Syndrome. It’s described as the constant fear of being exposed as a fraud. [Read more…] about Battling Imposter Syndrome