1. You’re going to be the first person to tell your story in your own unique way.
2. Just because you’re not confident enough doesn’t mean your story isn’t good.
3. You create your own definition of success. There is no “standard” of what it means to make it in writing.
4. You don’t have to be “like” or “as good as” any other writer.
5. Frustration, disappointment, and shame are perfectly normal and acceptable emotions.
6. Self-doubt is part of your journey, not your defining element.
7. You don’t have to pretend to be OK when you’re not.
8. Your best is enough.
9. Everyone fails. Not everyone gets back up and goes again.
10. People’s opinions of your work don’t necessarily reflect their opinions of you as a person.
11. Your dreams are worth the risk.
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.