Fighting Self-Rejection and Imposter Syndrome

Even Neil Gaiman feels like an imposter sometimes

Holly Lyn Walrath
May 16 · 7 min read
Neil Gaiman, Image Courtesy Susan Murtaugh

I just look at all these people and I think, what the heck am I doing here? They’ve made amazing things. I just went where I was sent.

Self-rejection is the act of saying, “I’m not good enough.”

I suggest two methods for fighting imposter syndrome and self-rejection, and they may feel counterintuitive

Firstly, think of your writing as work. You’ve all heard the phrase “If I did what I loved for a living, I’d no longer love it.” In my experience, this phrase is rooted in fear. What if by looking at my writing as a career, I will stop loving it as a passion? It’s when you begin to think of writing as something you have control of, something that is deliberate and meaningful, something that is work, then you can begin to believe in yourself.


Holly Lyn Walrath

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I'm a writer, editor, and poet. Find me online at www.hlwalrath.com.