Overcoming imposter syndrome whether you are a published author or someone who writes solely on social media, is something that all writers have to do at some point in their writing journey.
Whether writing a blog or their tenth novel, I have known business owners and full-time authors question whether their latest manuscript is up to their usual standard.
I get it.
Every time we commit words to a page and send them out into the world, we are inviting scrutiny and feedback. It’s personal. We are putting a piece of ourselves in front of an audience and saying judge me!
It follows that not everything that we produce is going to be universally well-received. There will be times when the client does not like your first draft, your editor sends back your latest oeuvre covered in red pen, or someone on social media makes a snide comment about one of your posts.
It doesn’t mean you are not a good writer.
It is at times like these, however, that having a writing mentor in your corner can make a huge difference. Someone who knows you and your writing and who can offer encouragement and help build your confidence as a writer. Positive reinforcement, along with constructive criticism, can motivate you to push through challenges and continue honing your craft.
What could a writing mentor do for you?
Working with a writing mentor can offer numerous benefits, whether you’re an aspiring novelist or a business owner looking to improve your writing skills.
I work with the full spectrum of people including those who are dyslexic and find writing a struggle to those who love writing but want to understand some of the nuances of copywriting so that they can attract more leads to their business.
Tailored guidance and support
One of my roles as a mentor is to provide personalised feedback tailored to your specific strengths and weaknesses. I identify areas for improvement and offer targeted advice to help you grow as a writer.
We all know how easy it is not to spot our own mistakes. You can guarantee that as soon as you press post, your first reader sees a typo despite you having spent hours working on it and rereading it over and again!
That’s why it pays to let someone else read your work. I can spot the areas where you can make improvements and guide you through the process. Any feedback will be constructive and designed to help you rather than deflate you.
Mentors often have a wealth of experience and knowledge in the writing field. I have spent 30 years writing non-fiction or business writing. This includes time spent as a copywriter in an advertising agency. The content I produce for myself and my clients is usually designed to inform, educate and generate sales. Others may specialise in developing specific fiction writing skills, such as plot development, character building, dialogue, and more.
Motivation and Accountability
Having a mentor can provide motivation and accountability. Knowing that someone is expecting your work and offering feedback can help keep you on track and motivated to meet your writing goals.
I know when I am writing fiction – which I do for pleasure – I am much more productive if I have a writing buddy to show up for.
Cheerleading and Boosting Your Confidence
Writing can be a lonely occupation. Some days, my role as a mentor is as much about being there for my client as it is providing feedback. They be having an off day and want someone to talk to, or they may appreciate someone reminding them just how well they are doing and how far they have progressed with their writing. Agony aunt, friend, and confidante are all in day’s work for a writing mentor!
How do you choose the best mentor for you?
Know What You Want To Achieve
Clearly define your writing goals and what you hope to achieve with a mentor’s guidance. This will help you find a mentor whose expertise aligns with your objectives.
Look for mentors who have experience in the specific genre or type of writing you are interested in. Whilst it pays to research their background, publications, and writing style, you also want there to be a good personality and working style match between you and the potential mentor. A positive and supportive relationship is essential for effective mentoring.
Review Mentorship Style
Understand the mentor’s approach to mentoring. Some mentors may focus more on critique and feedback, while others may offer a combination of guidance, encouragement, and practical advice. Choose a mentorship style that aligns with your preferences.
Trust your instincts and choose a mentor you feel comfortable with. If you have a good feeling about the person when you first meet, the chances are you will get along fine.
Remember that the right mentor for one person may not be the best fit for another, so take the time to find someone whose expertise, style, and personality align with your needs and preferences.
Being able to write with confidence is a wonderful skill to have. It can help you market your business more effectively, generate leads, and make sales. Clarity in your communication helps people to quickly understand you and your business. It reduces the risks of misunderstanding, and it can help to build your brand.
If you are keen to improve your writing skills, then investing in a writing mentor could make the difference particularly when overcoming imposter syndrome.