1. When you first start out, you’re actually not very good at this whole writing thing.
2. And even though there’s a lot of advice out there, the only way you’ll ever really get better at it is by doing it.
3. You spend a lot of time writing stuff for free. Like, a lot of time.
4. And for some reason, people keep asking you to do work for free long after you’re past that point.
5. Sometimes you do what you feel has been your best work EVER and still get rejected.
6. Sometimes people publish things you feel aren’t that great and you start to question if this is even worth it.
7. People on the internet like to tear apart your work. But also you. They like to come after you. Why?
8. But you don’t have to pay attention to them, because they’re mean and don’t deserve a reaction from you.
9. Writing is rewarding. The rewards just seem very small and insignificant sometimes even when they aren’t.
10. Your friends and family don’t really “get it,” but a lot of the time, they’ll still support you anyway.
11. You sort of start to figure things out eventually. Not all things. But some of them.
12. If you do end up sticking with writing, it’s because deep down, you really do love it. And that’s pretty cool.
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.