1. Meeting new people! Even if they’re pretend people! It still counts!
2. It’s your universe. You can quite literally do whatever you want. You make the rules.
3. If people make you mad in the real world you can seek revenge by writing a story that may or may not feature a character based on said person.
4. It (usually) doesn’t involve math.
5. Writing can help you escape from things that feel too overwhelming — temporarily, at least.
6. It can also help you deal with these things when it’s time to face them.
7. It gives you a place to speak your mind when there doesn’t seem to be a good place or way to do it.
8. You sort of get to go to places and experience things you may never get to see and do in real life.
9. Writing gives you something interesting to talk with strangers about.
10. It also makes you more empathetic and helps you connect with real people.
11. It reminds you who you are, who you really are, when no one else is watching.
12. It gives you the courage to be that person when you do step out into the world.
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.