If there’s one thing I’ve learned after 20 years of writing and hundreds of conversations with other writers, it’s that most of us struggle with some form of imposter syndrome. And it’s never not a relief to hear another writer— especially a very accomplished one — say it again. I love how Susan Orlean puts it here:

This also has some great tips for making a big project manageable. Right now, I’m working on a longform piece that supposed to come in around 3,000 words. And even though I’ve written 90,000 word novels, it feels like a lot. So I’ve broken it down into about six 500-word chunks.

As a bonus, thinking of it this way helps me structure the thing, and think about what the main thrust of each of those chunks will be. And it ensures I’ll have built in transitions to keep readers engaged. / SZ

Sara Zarr is the author of eleven books, most recently This Creative Life: A Handbook for Writers. Find more at www.thiscreative.life & www.sarazarr.com

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