Imposter Syndrome: A Retrospective for Writers
Every writer has doubts
My writer friend, Wendy Jones, made me laugh when I told her I was worried nobody would want to read what I have to say on such-and-such a topic.
Wendy went off on one, making up the doubts about famous writers like Shakespeare and Freud…
"How can I possibly write this? I've never been a talking lion. And I don't fit in the wardrobe."
"Nobody's going to believe a word of it. I've got a perfectly nice room of my own. What am I thinking of?"
"Not everybody, I fear, will believe that I was inspired by the Holy Ghost."
"I have never been to Italy! What do I know?”
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John-Paul Flintoff is author of six books, in 16 languages, including How To Change The World and A Modest Book About How To Make An Adequate Speech. He worked for 15 years as writer and associate editor on the Financial Times, the Sunday Times and other papers and magazines.
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