1. Don’t write like someone you admire. Write like you.
2. Two words: Nope Days.
3. Write as if no one’s ever going to read it. Let go. Go offroad. Be wild.
4. Stop saying, “I’m not good enough” if it’s going to interfere with your writing. Get good by writing.
5. Write about things that interest you, even if you don’t think they’re “trendy.”
6. Stop “writing what you know” and start writing about what you want to know more about.
7. If your big writing goals seem too hard or too far away, focus on something smaller. Like writing 2,000 words this weekend.
8. Every now and then, get back to basics. Write a simple, predictable story. Then go back and twist it around untilit’s something surprising.
9. Open yourself up to more stories, whether it’s through books, films, or in interacting with other people.
10. Stop trying to go from zero to bestselling author in 60 seconds or less. Take your time. Also, breathe.
11. Treat rejection as a challenge to do better next time.
12. Write when you are discouraged. Remind yourself that you’re doing what you love, and hard work will get you to where you want to go.
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.