Imposter syndrome #imposter #confidence #amwriting

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I love this picture of the fox. Who does he think he’s kidding. Really? Then again, it seems to be working… (at least for the moment)

Ever wonder if you’re good enough? Wake up and think that you’re just pretending to know what you’re doing and wondering when people will start to notice… This is normal – I’m guessing it happens to all of us at some time or other. And it’s OK. But it’s also important to try to get some perspective.

So let’s try to get it out of our system – check out the charts in the link below and see which ones resonate with you. Allow yourself to have a laugh, but then remember that these feelings are only a part of who we are. Sometimes we know more than we realise, and people see things in us that we don’t recognise. It is vital that we believe in ourselves and that we let people tell us what they see in us. They can’t all be liars and lunatics.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/kristinchirico/13-charts-that-will-make-total-sense-to-people-with-impostor#.suK8XLJmkE

 

 

5 tips for having a ‘good day’ of writing

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In my previous post I talked about counting words, and the pleasure of being able to track a ‘good day’ of writing. But how can we work towards having more ‘good days’?

Some of the things that work for me are:

  1. if possible, allocate yourself a chunk of time (sometimes I write through the night – desperate I know, but at least it’s quiet). Part of this one is about giving yourself permission to write. You deserve this time!
  2. become really at home with your characters and their motivations. Think about them when you’re on the train or in the bath or wherever. Get to know them, visualise them, test out things they might do and things they wouldn’t do.
  3. think of some interesting scenes/situations to write about. I often have my best ideas when I’m trying to sleep – hold onto them, write them down, or perhaps just go and type them straight in. I always have a document standing by for notes and ideas.
  4. try to avoid distractions! (this is a topic in itself, I will share some ideas about this in my next post)
  5. find ways to keep the flow going, including avoiding things that make your writing stall. (another biggie – I have a trick that works well for me that I will share soon)

Happy writing – I hope you have a ‘good day’ soon!