1. Talking yourself out of trying something new.
2. Getting too comfortable.
3. Not taking a chance on a big, scary idea.
4. Letting other people’s actions and words stand in your way.
5. Not listening when someone who cares about you says you’re doing a good job.
6. Only writing what you think other people will like/care about.
7. Never telling the one story you’ve always wanted to tell.
8. Giving up too soon.
9. Letting yourself believe you’re too old; too young; it’s not the right time; it’s too late.
10. Not daring to try again after you’ve fallen short of success.
11. Forgetting the real reason you started writing in the first place.
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a staff writer with The Cheat Sheet, a freelance editor and writer, and a 10-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.