1. You can actually read without accidentally writing in the style/voice of another writer. Mostly. Yay!
2. It gets easier to jump from project to project without feeling like you have to “find your groove” every time.
3. “How do I word this” is (usually) no longer a roadblock — you kind of just do it and hope it makes sense.
4. Your writing, for the first time, truly becomes “real.” You stop “writing like a writer” and start writing like you.
5. Sometimes you sit down to write a few paragraphs and end up writing 1,000 words and it’s fine, no big deal.
6. You get more comfortable letting your own personal style touch everything you work on.
7. Jokes, puns, and other forms of humor actually sound natural instead of cringe-worthy.
8. You kind of start … sort of … liking what you’re writing?
9. You become a lot less hesitant about new ideas.
10. You also know they might not end up working out — but you’re willing to try anyway.
11. Writing is still hard, but like, somehow not quite as difficult as it used to be.
12. You really do believe you can write the things, and find a niche, and DO GOOD FOR THE WORLD YESSS.
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.