Swoon Author Sandy Hall: Imposter Syndrome
I’ve been thinking a lot about how I became an author recently. With the publication of my second book on the horizon, it feels like a good time to reflect. It was approximately two years ago when I discovered Swoon Reads and started planning and writing A Little Something Different and I can honestly tell you that I had no clue what was ahead for me.
So much has changed since then. I have met so many people, had so many opportunities I could have never imagined, and made major life changes, all for the better.
But every once in a while, I have a bout of imposter syndrome. I get that panicky feeling like I shouldn’t be here and that I don’t deserve any of this. Like, I’ve barely done anything!
I’ve been lucky enough to be asked to do quite a few speaking events and take part on several different panels during the past year and almost every time, there’s a point where I just wait for someone to realize that I don’t belong there. That I’m nothing more than a sham. That I could give writing advice until the cows come home but I don’t know anything more than the average person.
As I was preparing to write this blog about feeling like an imposter, I started collecting GIFs and as I traced the GIFs to their sources, almost every one of them was coming from another author’s blog or post about how they feel like imposters. I started to experience this surge of camaraderie with my fellow writers, because we’ve all been there. Writing is easier said than done at the best of times. So from now on, when I have days I feel like this:
I’ll go searching for my fellow writers and authors. I’ll read every last post about their own feelings about being an imposter and at the very least know that I’m not alone. Because if the past year has taught me anything, it’s that you have to take the highs with the lows.
It’s important to have a balance in life, even if it means that it’s not always smooth sailing. Because it makes the good times even that much better.