Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon, impostorism, fraud syndrome or the impostor experience) is a psychological pattern in which one doubts one’s accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud”. Wikipedia
“Writer’s block is a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work or experiences a creative slowdown.” Wikipedia
There is a difference between Impostor’s Syndrome and Writer’s Block. Impostor’s Syndrome is real and Writer’s Block is as fake as the Earth is flat. The reason for this, is primarily that I suffer from Impostor’s Syndrome and I don’t for Writer’s Block.
With Writer’s Block, I don’t see it as real. The basis of it is that there is this mystical muse that allows a person to be creative. If you don’t nurture your muse, then you will not be able to gt anything done.
For me, the Muse is my personal servant. (I would use harsher terms, but not on this platform.) Writing prolifically is a learned skill. It is something a creative can train themselves to do. It is discipline that propels me forward every day. I have talked about this before and won’t go into a lot of detail here.
Writer’s Block is where your subconscious has a problem with what has been written. Either something in the plot was incorrect or the character doing something wrong. Long story short, in the process of writing, something went sideways and must be corrected. Writer’s Block is not seeing the error. To correct it — go back and delete the words.
Impostor’s Syndrome is that innate fear of being a failure and having people recognizing that fact. This is something I fear. It is something I have to fight with every day. Though some people also claim this isn’t real, it feels realer as there is no concrete solution for me. No way for me to convince myself otherwise.
Correcting Impostor’s Syndrome is hard as it involves rewriting reactions and mental state. I hear it is possible to do, but it is hard. I don’t have a path to walk.
Have you ever dealt with Impostor’s Syndrome?
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