Imposter Syndrome is that feeling many of us have that we're not really qualified to do what we do, and we don't deserve the success we've had with it. But there are some ways to combat those feelings of inadequacy that Imposter Syndrome invokes.
If you're a writer of fantasy or sci-fi or, like me, just need a world for your spoiled princes and powerful kings to fight over, you're going to need to build that sucker from scratch. One of these three worldbuilding apps should be an essential part of any fantasy/sci-fi writer's toolkit.
An author's characters are like their children. We love them even when they're misbehaving; and yes, this includes the ones who routinely misbehave... I had to make him human. Suddenly, he was a person, and suddenly, I had a harder time hating him.
I wrote less than 500 words yesterday while working on a novel, when my average is 2,000-3,000. It got me thinking about what I do when the words just won't come. And I came up with three methods, that, while they might not always be a magical solution, can certainly get the creative juices flowing again.
The voices in my head are in a constant battle for dominance, and somehow the obnoxious one always seems to win. I'm at a crossroads in my life. At the crossroads, the signs say, "Something's Gotta Give St." and "My Family and I Deserve Better Ave."
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), often called clinical depression or simply depression, "is one of the most debilitating conditions in the world, with severe depression rated in the same disability category as terminal stage cancer," according to Hope for Depression.
If you've never experienced clinical depression, it can be a really difficult concept to wrap your head around. These are three things that might leap to mind when you hear someone lives with MDD--but for the love of God, don't say them. We've already heard them anyway.
If you or someone you love is having a hard time dealing with depression and the myriad other conditions with which it often goes hand-in-hand, I just want you to know you're not alone. I feel you, I really do.