Feeling like a fraud is real. I struggle with self-doubt often when it comes to being a writer. So much so, I had to write myself a pep talk.
And it’s why I’m doing it again.
It’s easy to get a little overwhelmed on these platforms where writers hang out. At first you do it because “hey, all the successful writers are doing it”, but soon you realize “oh wait, all the successful writers are doing it better”. You join in so you can learn from the best, and then you find yourself comparing and feeling left behind.
These writers have been doing it for years. They’ve gone to school, many have publishing deals, more have quit their jobs to write full time, and so on.
But you haven’t.
I didn’t start writing until a couple years ago. I have one self-published book to my name, and while I keep writing them, I feel like I’m still behind. I have to work full time and can’t write as much or as often. I carve out every free space in my day to do something writing related… but I’ll never have the lengthy background these other writers have.
But I’m still a writer.
I became a writer when I started and I remain a writer because I show up to my writing. It doesn’t have to be every day, but I still do it.
I was late to the party… but I’m here and I’m all about it. I cultivated the passion and the writing community invited me in.
You see, it doesn’t matter where you came from or what you did before writing became your thing. There is no “writer’s route” that you have to take to become a real writer.
If you sit in your chair and write, you are a writer. If you practice your craft, you are a writer. If you love it and cultivate your passion, you are a writer.
Don’t compare your writing path to anyone else. It’s unique and only you can be where you are on this journey. Your favorite writer may have 10 years of experience, but guess what? 10 years from now, so will you. And maybe you’ll be inspiring the next writer to sit down and start typing.
You can become a writer no matter where you are in your journey, no matter what path you took, and no matter how much time you have to give.
If you practice and show up for your work, you are a writer. The only way you won’t get there is if you stop.