Battling Imposter Syndrome as a Writer
by Dr. Mel Tavares
(Proverbs 22:29, ESV).
I first heard the term ‘Imposter Syndrome’ while working on my Doctorate. Loosely defined, Imposter Syndrome is the feeling of being a fraud. The syndrome most frequently impacts high achievers who find it challenging to accept accolades after an accomplishment.
As writers, we work hard to hone our craft. We attend conferences, listen to podcasts, research the craft, and join critique groups. While we exercise our God-given gifts and talents, we also need to continue to learn ways to sharpen our skills. Becoming an excellent writer takes time, effort, and diligence. Even with published or award-winning work, some writers feel like an imposter, undeserving of such an honor.
The Bible says in Proverbs 22:29 that skillful workers will be brought out of obscurity and stand before kings. This verse applies to us as skilled writers. The long hours, late nights, and sacrifices of skipping outings with friends are what separates the diligent from the dreamer. Many people dream of being a writer. Some set goals to finally write ‘that book’ or attend ‘that conference’, but few are willing to run the race with the focused perseverance required to cross the finish line.
You are not an imposter. You are a child of the Living God, called to write for Him. You’ve invested time, effort, and money into learning the craft of writing, as evidenced in the works you complete.
Industry professionals may take notice of your skills. Your fan base may grow as followers share your social posts. The Lord will guide you into the limelight, standing before kings rather than in the shadows of obscurity. You can then choose to dwell in self-doubt or humbly accept compliments for a job well done.
Father, help me stay humble as I answer the call to write for you. Help me accept the promotions and recognition you bring within the writing and publishing industry that I may not feel as though I am an imposter. Amen.
Mel is an award-winning author who writes for sites such as Inspiration.org, is a blogger, contributing author to several books and ghost-writer for church ministry leaders. Her works include a recent Top 100 Amazon Devotional ‘Lessons From The River’. Mel loves coaching and equipping writers, founded a local ACW Chapter, and teaches at Writers Conferences. Website: https://www.drmeltavares.com/