The Insecure Writer’s Support Group ~ No#52

If you are dropping in from the A to Z Challenge circuit, then click HERE for my E POST.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

insecure-writers-groupPosting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time.

The April co-hosts are: Megan Morgan, Chris Votey, Viola Fury, Christine Rains, Madeline Mora-Summonte, L.G. Keltner, Rachna Chhabria, and Patricia Lynne! Don’t forget to visit them and thank them for co-hosting!

Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG.

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1216hwToday the topic on my mind is – Imposter Syndrome.

It goes hand-in-hand with the psychology of “Fake It Till You Make It.” What is it all about? A strong belief in yourself that allows you to persist in the face of failure and to keep trying, no matter what your level of fear. It’s a self-empowerment technique.

When starting out, no one knows everything.

It’s all about taking a chance.

Step out into the unknown.

Put your writing out there.

But it’s also about honing your craft.

Writing regularly.

In the words of Paulo Coelho – “You must be the person you never had the courage to be. Gradually, you will discover that you are that person, but until you can see this clearly, you must pretend and invent.”

Is Imposter Syndrome a necessary part of the writer’s process/journey? What do you think?

(I have to divide my time between visiting IWSG posts and A to Z Challenge posts. If you don’t see me at your place, please don’t think I’ve forgotten about you. I’ll try my best to visit as many people as possible.)


  1. Hilary on April 6, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Hi Michelle – as I’ve had to withdraw from the A-Z .. I need your Fake It Til You Make It .. message … life deals us wobblies, but others’ are so often dealt worse ones as I found out yesterday … and Coelho’s quote is apt too .. enjoy April – cheers Hilary

  2. J.H. Moncrieff on April 6, 2016 at 9:15 am

    I once interviewed a very wise man who said the most important thing a person needs to succeed is an unshakeable belief in themselves.

    I’m still working on that. 🙂

  3. Kalpanaa on April 6, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Im struggling with putting my writing out there. Sadly.

  4. L. Diane Wolfe on April 6, 2016 at 11:37 am

    I’ve always said fake it until you make it. Enthusiasm doesn’t just happen either. You have to pretend to be excited and pretty soon, you will be.

  5. Christine Rains on April 6, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    I think most of us feel that way, and it does go in cycles too.

  6. Crystal Collier on April 6, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    YES! Totally necessary. I had the same experience with home schooling. It wasn’t until I’d been doing it for 7 years that I considered myself a validated home schooling parent.

  7. Stephanie Leland on April 6, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    I live by this. It gave me the confidence to self-publish 🙂

  8. Jacqui Murray on April 6, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    “Fake it till you make it” is one of my daughter’s favorite phrases. She’s pretty darn successful so I guess it works. I can do it, but it’s only skin deep. Then, I crumble. Sigh.

  9. C.G.Coppola on April 6, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Fake it til you make it is pretty much what I’ve been (am still) doing. I feel like a big fat phony sometimes but I pretend like I got it all under control. If only people knew the truth!

  10. Alex J. Cavanaugh on April 6, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Either fake it or be too naive to realize you don’t have it!

  11. Megan Morgan on April 6, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    I wrote about this a few months ago and it seems like it’s part of the writer’s lifestyle. We’re always doubting ourselves. Maybe that’s the mark of a ‘true’ writer?

  12. joylene on April 6, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    I love the FAKE IT TIL YOU MAKE motto. It’s served me very well. Hi Michelle!

  13. Ryan Carty on April 6, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    I struggle with the ‘fake it till you make it’ idea. I think confidence is important, and seeing what one might become is valuable, but there is something dishonest about faking anything. I know that isn’t the point, but I struggle with disingenuous things, and this feels that way.

    There is nothing weak about admitting we are not where we want to be, but we have the potential to get there. Push through, get better, that seems more honest.

    Then again, maybe I’m full of crap and making a jagged peak from this molehill.

  14. Donna B. McNicol [@dbmcnicol] on April 6, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    I was an IT professional for over 30 years and no matter how high I rose (VP level at one point), I kept waiting for someone to discover I was a fake. Yup…it’s real, the imposter syndrome.

  15. Yolanda Renee on April 6, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Faking it until I make is my life, and it’s both draining and the only way to get it all out there. Otherwise I’d stay in the background and watch the world go by. It’s hard, no question, will I survive the journey? Only time will tell.
    Funny thing is, in my former professional life when I made Executive Director, it wasn’t at all what I thought it would be. Hmm . . .

  16. J.L. Campbell on April 6, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Yup, I believe in honing my craft. I keep writing and if I do that, I’m abiding by the concept of practice makes perfect.

  17. Jemi Fraser on April 6, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    Good luck with your double duty visiting!!!!
    I definitely believe in the Fake it until you make it routine – in many areas. I’ve used it myself to learn to speak in public, to mingle at social settings, and definitely in getting brave enough to seek out crit buddies and beta readers!

  18. Michael Di Gesu on April 7, 2016 at 2:28 am

    Hi, Michelle,

    Interesting post. I had never really thought about this, but it’s true in many pf life’s situations. We must believe it for it to truly be.

  19. Susan Gourley on April 7, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    I do feel like I’m faking it lots of time but I keep going.

    Susan Says

  20. Patricia Lynne on April 7, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    I suppose imposter syndrome and faking it until you make it go hand in hand. If you do the second then you are bound to feel like an imposter. The trick is to not let those feelings deter you and keep going.

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