1. Focus on one thing at a time. Multitasking (usually) doesn’t work.
2. Break big scary tasks into small less scary pieces. Tackle one piece at a time.
3. Prioritize the things that need to get done today. Finish those first.
4. Don’t forget to breathe.
5. Write something that makes you feel good — no “strings” attached.
6. Treat writing as a reward, not an item to check off your list.
7. Speaking of lists … try making shorter ones. Just TRY.
8. Remember that it’s sometimes better not to write than to write poorly. Sometimes.
9. Take a few days off from writing if you have to — but only a few!
10. Or, alternate between writing days and writing “off” days.
11. Don’t beat yourself up when you don’t write. It’s OK to have a bad day.
12. Give yourself a pat on the back for every good writing day. Cherish those moments. Smile.
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.