1. Some words are better than no words. Even the worst writing you have ever done can teach you something about yourself, your work, and where to go from here.
2. In writing, there is no such thing as “failure.” The only way to fail is to not write anything. The rest of it is just a series of attempts, which all, ideally, make you a better writer even when those attempts don’t turn into successes.
3. It’s OK to take breaks. In fact, not taking breaks will cost you more writing time in the long term than taking the occasional break will.
4. If you don’t get it all done, it’s OK. I don’t think any of us are ever really “all caught up” on work (even if we’d like to think we are).
5. You are allowed to adjust your goals if unforeseen circumstances present themselves. Life Happens. You don’t have to push yourself too hard to make up for lost time.
6. Try not to worry about what other people might think of your words (yet). Right now, all that matters is that you are happy with the words that are on that page.
7. Take things one task at a time. It doesn’t all have to be done in one day and it’s not the end of the world if not everything gets done “on time.”
8. WRITING IS SUPPOSED TO BE HARD! It’s a good thing!
9. Don’t forget to celebrate when the week is over. No matter the outcome, you still deserve it.
10. Every word you write matters. There is no such thing as “wasted writing time” as long as you actually spend it writing.
11. Sometimes the best work you’re capable of doing today isn’t going to be the best work you have ever done — and that’s okay.
12. Write now, worry later. It’s much easier to go back and make a story better when you actually have a story already written down.
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.