I posted to my social media about these two articles last Friday, and now I’m expanding on them for 2023.
I posted about the cold stabby feelings, and feelings of stage fright, I used to get before publishing. You can click the links below.
Thirteen years on, they are no more because I stopped getting them years ago.
I’m sure some would call it imposter syndrome, especially when I write about the book not being good enough, yada, yada, but no. I don’t believe in a non-existent syndrome, so no I wasn’t suffering from it.
I believe, like with most things, it’s simply nerves and a touch of basic anxiety. Have I done enough to make this book the best I can, has nothing to do with feeling like a fraud or an imposter. It’s about a work ethic. It’s about putting my best, my hard work, into something I created. I want it to be the best it can be, and you question whether it is. I didn’t feel like a fraud then, and I certainly don’t now.
As with most people, the first time we try things there’s always nerves about something going wrong, or making mistakes, or huge errors. Do we know what we’re doing? Do we have a good comprehension of how a site, or software works? Will all of our hard work be zapped into the nether regions of the internet with one tiny click of a button and we’ll never get it back?
A touch of anxiety will always abound at the beginning. But, once you get used to how a website works, how software works, everything becomes second nature, and comfortable, and easy.
And that’s what this has become for me. And it will for you. The more you publish, the more you write, the more you use websites and software, the more comfortable you’ll become. The easier it will become, and that cold stabby feeling, and feelings of stage fright will very quickly disappear into the nether regions of the internet, where, hopefully, your book will not end up.