Do you know what "imposter syndrome" is? Do you suffer from it? The condition is a very real issue people struggle with, but it seems to be more prevalent among artists, including writers. Perhaps because the goal of "success" is more subjective and "opinion-oriented."
"doubting your abilities and feeling like a fraud. It disproportionately affects high-achieving people, who find it difficult to accept their accomplishments. Many question whether they're deserving of accolades."
Imposter syndrome can become downright paralyzing when it comes to creativity, taking risk, accepting feedback, coping with "failure," and trying again. Critiques that actually say "try it this way" become in the author's mind "I really don't know what I'm doing. I have no talent. I shouldn't be here."
When I first learned about this destructive mindset, my inner voice had been telling me, "I'm a fake. What an egotistical fool, to think I have anything worth writing about." Because of this voice, and despite steps I've taken to defeat it, I have never entered a writing contest (outside of LF). Ever. "I stand no chance, so why bother?" has been the prevailing message I tell myself.
Does this sound like you?
If so, it might be time to take steps to acknowledge the lies and learn how to silence them.