“I was always able to envision “as soon as I get to this spot, the bullshit in my head is going to leave. As soon as this happens, it’s all going to go away. I’m...
“I was always able to envision “as soon as I get to this spot, the bullshit in my head is going to leave. As soon as this happens, it’s all going to go away. I’m going to feel really confident as a writer”. And I’ve actually reached all of those points and all that happens is the bullshit in my head shifts into some new story. That’s it. It doesn’t go away. I just changes. It’s a shapeshifter. So that’s where I am now. I’ve made peace with the fact there’s a part of my brain that’s always chattering on about how I’m an impostor, and I’m not good enough, and I’m going to make people upset. But I always get back to “am I writing what I want to be writing in way that I want to be writing it.” And I just kind of trust that’s all I’ve got. That’s what I’ve got to give the world. It’s either going to succeed or not. People are going to like it or not, but that’s what I have. I’m just going to focus on being the best writer that I can and telling the truth as accurately as I can.”
Janelle Hanchett is founder of Renegade Mothering: The Fight Against Meaningful Parenting Advice
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