Imposter syndrome and other writing links (#SFWApro)

Imposter Syndrome is the fear that no matter what your achievements, you’re a phony. You don’t deserve your success, it’s all due to luck, you’re not as good as people think and they’ll soon realize it. John Scalzi says he’s never suffered from it and suggest it’s because he’s never doubted he was a writer, never had the people he cares about dismiss his dream, and because he’s been so successful. Writing at Fraggmented, John Seavey says (and I think he’s right) that this is bullshit: imposter syndrome hits people regardless of their success (which is true at noted at the first link). Saying “my success protected me from impostor syndrome” makes no more sense than “I’m too brave to have phobias” or “I have too many wonderful things in my life to be depressed”—it just doesn’t work like that.

•Sequential Crush look at fashion imagery from romance comics, and how much it looks like classic fashion illustrations.

•Contrary to Steven Moffat, a psychologist says, Sherlock Holmes is not a sociopath. While I agree completely on Doyle’s original character, I wish the shrink had covered the BBC Sherlock too, because he is obviously not the same person.

•Copywriting a book or short story is one thing, copywriting a character (or trademarking them) is different, and tougher.

•Happy Birthday is not only in the public domain now, Warners—which had the now invalid copyright—will pay several million dollars to the people it hit with copyright fees.


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