Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Sporadicus and Imposteritis

No, I'm not talking about a new type of mold.

No, I'm not talking about watching Stanley Kubric films at odd times of the day.

And no, I'm not trying to quote the movie Clueless. As if!

For the next nine weeks, I'll be helping to run a weekly writers' workshop. It's the same workshop that nurtured my early attempts at poetry and prose, and let to writing fiction. But this time around, I'm a leader in the group. *Gulp* I'm kind of nervous, because I'm basically a self-taught writer of fiction and poetry. (Ooh, maybe now is the time to whip this little certificate out!)

I wonder when that "imposter" feeling will go away.

Anyway, because I'll be devoting several hours a week to this workshop, you'll notice that I'll be pretty sporadicus with my blog posting. (Remember, purposeful misuse of silly words is charming, not idiocy. Or so I tell myself.)


How about you? Have you had a chance to mentor budding writers, or been part of a writing workshop?

Do you suffer from Imposteritis when it comes to hanging out with other writers?

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Don't forget to stop by Laura Diamond's blog, where she answers this month's Sisterhood of the Traveling blog question! Next week, I'm up. :)

50 comments:

Sarah said...

I've suffered from imposteritis my whole life, and only now that I've been a licensed psychologist for several years am I getting over it. I still feel it sometimes, wondering when my staff or clients will realize I actually don't know very much about anything. I've also come to realize it's an incredibly common feeling (mostly among other female professionals). So: I totally understand where you're coming from, and sympathize. And on the other hand: you are a fabulous, thoughtful writer, Lydia, so I know other writers will learn a lot from you!

Old Kitty said...

Lydia - you are gonna ROCK your group with your marvellous talent and skills! I hope you break the ice with your goriest Medical Monday posts! LOL! Oh but seriously!! You'll be wonderful - you go, girl!!! Take care
x

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Well, I love beta reading and doing first page critiques on my blog! Does that count as mentoring?

I've only held writing workshops in person a couple times, and yes, I did feel kind of imposterish. I have only 1 published novel to my name and I've never taken a writing course -- or even read a book on writing.

I keep thinking that I'll feel less like an imposter after #2 comes out ... but I'll bet I won't ...

shelly said...

Have fun teaching! Maybe when I'm a published author, I'll be worthy of mentoring.

Laura Pauling said...

You'll do great! And if you feel like an imposter just look at the release date for The Fountain! Have fun with it!

DL Hammons said...

IMPOSTER is the user name for my Query Tracker account. Does that answer your question? :)

Nick Wilford said...

I've never taken a writing course, but I have to try hard not to feel like an imposter when writing. Other bloggers sometimes seem very professional, but I know we all have doubts. I'm sure you'll make a great mentor, and entertaining too! Good luck!

Louise Bates said...

I have never had much chance to do much of anything with/for other writers - not until I started blogging (and writing fanfiction) did I even KNOW any other writers - but it's something I'm excited to see develop as I get deeper into this world. It's weird - I've been writing stories and working toward getting published since I was a little kid, and yet it's only been in the last, oh, five years that I've learned about the larger writing community and started to feel that I might have something worth contributing!

Wendy Ewurum said...

lydia you a ROCK STAR. This is a piece of cake for you and I'm sure they won't be able to get enough of you. I did think you were talking about spores today LOL

Matthew MacNish said...

I see what you did there (since Kubrick directed Spartacus)!

Bossy Betty said...

You go, girl! Love that you are facing the fear and doing it anyway!

Jax said...

Good luck and congrats :) You're going to do amazing!!

Clarissa Draper said...

I've never been part of a workshop other than to be a critiquer. However, I think it's a great thing you're doing.

Slamdunk said...

Sounds like a great opportunity Lydia. I hope you enjoy the challenge.

Shelly said...

You are going to be fabulous at this. Way to go! I suffer from Imposteritis all the time. I have a chronic case of it.

Barbara Watson said...

Good for you! What an opportunity.

Yeah, I suffer hugely from imposteritus. When I hear authors speak or spend time with them, I don't mention that I write.

Emy Shin said...

I've been part of a fiction writing course in college, and it was immensely helpful. I hope you'll have a fabulous time leading this one!

A Lady's Life said...

This is so clever of you Lydia.
No I have never done any work shops but then I don't write much either.lol
I write what I see and hear. Things which inspire me and about things I feel have to be said.

Meredith said...

You'd be such an awesome mentor! I'm jealous. :) Good luck!

CPatLarge said...

I'm teaching my first (?!) college-level writing class this quarter, and I'm terrified one of the students will recognize my impostor status! But as you noted so well, I'm not an impostor, really. I've been in workshops, writers group, online critiques...but the fear lingers.

And please, don't tell my students ;-)

Cyndi

David P. King said...

I do all the time with the CP groups I attend. :)

Krispy said...

OMG, I always suffer from imposteritis! I think you'll do great though. Those workshoppers are lucky to have you. :)

Heather said...

How exciting! I've never mentored before but I would LOVE to. This summer I've organized my first writer's retreat and I'm super excited and a bit nervous about that. Should be a blast!

February Grace said...

Fret not. Your awesomeness will be obvious to all.

xoxo

Taryn Tyler said...

Don't worry we all get Imposteritis from time to time :) But I think sometimes I learn more from new writers than seasoned ones. They ask the right questions and think more about what they're doing. They don't speak Writersese yet so if I tell them "Show don't tell" or "use more beats" they ask what exactly I mean and more importantly, "Why?" to which I don't always have an answer and sometimes I will start to re-think a lot of my techniques. I don't know how much I've been able to help new writers I've worked with but I do know I learned a lot from them!

Karen Lange said...

Yes, I suffer from frequent imposteritis! Okay, like all the time. Battled a hefty dose of it just yesterday. Ugh.

I am sure that you will do just fine. As a matter of fact, I think you will be GREAT! I think it would be fun to be in one of your workshops. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I suffered here online for the longest time. Still don't think I measure up to most but I'm all right with where I'm at right now.

Carrie Butler said...

Oh, Lydia...

I could be the poster child for Imposteritis. ;)

Melissa Sugar said...

I think we all have. IMPOSTER is actually my password on quite a few internet accounts. Should I change it? LOL.

Good luck and have fun teaching your workshop

lbdiamond said...

You'll be a FANTASTIC teacher!!! Have fun with it.

Ghenet Myrthil said...

Good luck with the workshop! You're going to do great. :)

Bathwater said...

There is nothing wrong with being a self-taught writer. How many of the classics were written by the very same?

Michelle Dennis Evans said...

How wonderful, I've been dreaming of running workshops or courses... But I would be laughed away... Imposter!
X

Tracy Jo said...

Congratulations on the workshop. You will be great!! I haven't "known" you long but always love your blog. I do suffer from imposteritis...is there a pill for that? :-) Go rock that workshop!

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

I bet you'll be a wonderful teacher and mentor. Enjoy! And to be honest, I do harbor a sense of imposteritis, but it's not too painful and I'm pretty sure it's comes with being a writer. : )

Jessie Humphries said...

This is a really cute/clever to look at it. Everyone has to start somewhere, and they say that those who teach are the ones who learn the most. So great idea!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

You will do wonderfully with your writing group. Those in it are very lucky. Have you found a way to put an extra 25th hour in your days? LOL. Roland

catherinemjohnson.wordpress.com said...

You're going to love it. I'd love to be a mentor - Imposteuse lol

J.L. Campbell said...

Fear not, you can do this. You got a whole book written and picked up by an agent. You have to know tons about writing to have got that far.

Ever since my book came out, I've thought of myself as an impostor.
I've been mentored by others and have also had the privilege to share what I know with others.

I'm about to kick off a workshop this weekend, and one thing I've realized is that I'll never know everything.

Nancy said...

as you can tell from comments, it is a common fear but you didn't allow it to hold you back. I think that in itself qualifies you to step forward and teach since so much of writing is stepping out in faith that you won't smash to the ground or if you do, will be able to put your pieces back together again. Your students will love you.

Christa said...

Oh my Lord, this is HUGE. I have the feeling of being an impostor very frequently. Eesh, what do I know? But then, I have learned a lot and sometimes I tell people things and they're all, "really?" and it makes me feel like I know what I'm talking about.

Charlie Holmberg said...

Oh wow, good luck. I've never been in that position, but I KNOW I would feel the same way. Good luck! (And nice drawing)

Coleen Patrick said...

Oh I get that imposter feeling, especially right before I post on my blog--that little voice that whispers who do you think you are? But then I ask myself if I'm not the expert on me and my stories, then who is? :)
I am sure you will do great at the workshop--I learn something from you every time I stop by your blog!

Southpaw said...

I'm still in need of a mentor! LOL

I write posts on what type of cupcake you are - 'cause no one can disprove me...*shifty eyes*

Amie Kaufman said...

I'd love the chance to do some mentoring, though I admire you for finding the time! When it's over I'd love a blog post on the experience.

Mohamed Mughal said...

You'll make a wonderful mentor/leader for your fellow writers. Looking forward to hearing about your experiences with the groups you lead.

Sarah Pearson said...

I like it here, I can get all my ailments diagnosed for free :-)

You're going to be great!

Leslie Rose said...

It never ceases to amaze me how much I learn about writing every day when I'm teaching the basics to my 5th grade class. Good luck with your teaching.

Munk said...

Imposterior my ass.

Ainsley Shay said...

Good luck! and have fun!!! You'll be great - you already teach us something every week now!!!!

 
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