Many of us suffer from impostor syndrome, the feeling that we’re a fraud and it’s just a matter of time until others realize it. That feeling goes double (or more) in the writing world, where the learning curve is steep and we can feel like a newbie many times over.
Even after we get a handle on writing craft, we start over again at the bottom of the curve with the next step of the process: publishing (whether that’s learning about agents, querying, and publishers for traditional publishing, or researching cover artists, editors, and retailers to self-publish). And let’s not even talk about starting from scratch again to tackle marketing and promotion.
Add in the fact that every book is unique and the industry is always changing, and we can’t ever feel like we “know it all” about anything—at least not for very long. Suffice it to say that we probably all know the struggle of climbing out of the depths of the newbie dungeon.
But the truth is that we’re probably an expert in more things than we realize. Maybe we’re an expert in all the newbie mistakes to avoid. Maybe we’re an expert at overcoming obstacles. Or maybe we’re an expert at an aspect of our day job.
Whatever your background, now’s your chance to help others and share what you know. November—otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)—is coming up, and that means it’s time once again for me to give my readers a special opportunity while I try to find more time to write.