1. Every moment you spend NOT writing is a total waste.
2. If your first draft isn’t perfect, you’ve already failed miserably. Don’t bother trying again.
3. If people don’t love you as a person, they’ll never value your work as a writer.
4. You’re too young to try publishing something. No one’s going to listen to you.
5. Someone younger than you has already achieved what you’d die to do. You’re pathetic. It’s too late.
6. You should have accomplished more by this point in your life.
7. The only thing you’re good at is wasting precious time.
8. Everything you’ve ever written has already been done, better than you ever could have done it.
9. This is pointless.
10. If you’re struggling to finish a project, it’s because you’re doing a terrible job.
11. You can’t afford to make mistakes.
12. Why should anyone ‘important’ ever give your ideas a chance? You’re nothing special.
13. All successful writers just got lucky somehow. Hard work has nothing to do with it.
14. Only a small number of aspiring writers ever “make it.” You’ll probably never be one of them, no matter how hard you try.
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.