A writer writes stories, rather weaves words in the form of a story. A story good or bad is still a story that is special to the one who writes it. If he/she/they are lucky enough the readers like it too. A reader has it easy as they flip through pages yearning to know what happens next. The writer of the story is where the struggle lies because stories are the blood, sweat, and tears of a dreamer who sees the world in a very different light.
Those writers who are brave enough to show their most vulnerable part i.e their writing call themselves an author. That is just my made-up definition, let’s look at how they have been described. So, how is the word “author” deﬁned? Originally, the word meant anyone who was the originator of something(God!?!). Webster’s 1828 Dictionary deﬁned authorship as “One who produces, creates, or brings into being.” Over time, deﬁnitions of the word author have become much more sharply focused on written composition. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language online deﬁnes an author as: “The original writer of a literary work. One who practices writing as a profession” and adds “to assume responsibility for the content of a published text.”Fancy stuff.
Yet writing something original for publication and taking responsibility for it can be a daunting task. Many times the blogs/articles produced while still figuring out if writing is the thing for you (like me) could best be described as “stringing pearls” of wisdom that have been gleaned*(not using too obvious a word) from other sources.
Even the likes of J K Rowling and James Patterson spoke about the uncomfortable realities, both internal and external, that can at times make writing a struggle. Many writers and ﬁrst time authors worry that they are pretenders who will be unmasked at some point. Thank God, we are not alone.
Imposter Syndrome: Feeling Like a Fraud
Do you sometimes worry that your ignorance will be exposed? I do. Don’t worry, these feelings are so commonplace that it has had a name since the 1970s: the imposter syndrome/phenomenon. As if writing was not hard enough we now have to deal with our own insecurities.
I knew this word did not apply to me until of course, I started this blog. My head was the chaos I could not untangle in my own words; I was only a cutter and a paster, a borrower, a fake. I could understand why most writing enthusiasts struggle with important expectations for their writing i.e to “make a contribution” and “advance thinking in the ﬁeld.” Little wonder, that so many writers falter at showing their work.
Oh and not to forget that all your feelings are also available for public viewing somewhere on the internet.Because at some point early on, you forsook your privacy for your passion.Damn.