Writing Expectations and Impostor Syndrome

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Writing bat during a funk

Hi, spooky ones! I hope you’re doing well, and that if you’re not, you find some kindness today.

I don’t know about you, but I put a lot of expectations on myself when it comes to writing. On one hand, if you want to do this professionally, I understand the sentiment that it’s important to regard writing like you would any other task with a contract or deadline attached; you wouldn’t go up to your boss and say, “Restocking the paperclips? Sorry boss, I’ve been browsing bird and writing memes on Facebook and Twitter to avoid doing it.” At the same time, while I don’t believe you should wait when the stars align to write because writing can be work, I personally feel like if I cannot give a story 100% of my regard, if I’m not passionate or invested, how can I expect readers to be?

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