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First sub-edit from editor

I have written about this before but it's worth mentioning again. I feel like a fraud. And it's not just me. A niece recently shared a NY Times article  ( about this very topic and according to researchers, pretty much everybody feels this way at some point. They call it the 'Imposter Syndrome'. Famous writers have experienced it, a renowned marketing expert and even US presidents. The key is learning how to deal with this feeling. We can acknowledge it and cower, allowing it to stand in front of us like a club bouncer, denying us from moving forward, or we can recognize it, tell it, "You don't scare me!" ( even though it scares our pants off ) and push past it.
It makes me wonder how many people with amazing potential have been frightened off by it. How many wonderful creations, thrilling inventions or new strategies have never seen the light of day because this syndrome told someone they were no good.
The article does not address the risks of creation; the possibility of harsh criticism or abject failure. These are real and frightening in their own right and in our era of social media there are legions of people whose sole purpose in life seems to be to drag others down, ripping their art to shreds. I cannot fathom such a way of life but there is no doubt that they are there in the wings, waiting to crush those who are already valiantly fighting the imposter syndrome.
As the sub-edit arrived in my mailbox all the nerves came back. "Now they have seen that I can't really write and it will be full of changes and terrible comments, " said a voice in my head. It took a lot of willpower to open that document.
To my surprise there was nothing major to change and the editor made some really great suggestions. In that moment the syndrome shrunk from a big bouncer to a little mouse. Why do we put ourselves through such an emotional wringer? It is so mentally exhausting. Let's tell that naysaying voice to get lost!


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