1. Out of all the ideas roaming around inside your head, you somehow have to figure out how to focus on just a few at a time. What happens to the rest of them? Do they stick around … or disappear?
2. You might write with a different “voice” than you speak casually, and sometimes the “real you” feels like a completely different person. How do you DEAL with that?
3. You are in control. You have ALL THE POWER. Sometimes that’s overwhelming.
4. There are these things called characters and sometimes THEY START DOING THINGS WITHOUT YOUR PERMISSION AND YOU JUST HAVE TO GO WITH IT?
5. Expressing your beliefs and opinions isn’t always easy. Sometimes we’re afraid of being “wrong” even though an opinion technically can’t be. (Welcome to the internet …)
6. People will judge every single word on every page you write.
7. You will make mistakes and get things wrong. You have to own up to that.
8. People will take what you say to heart. They will remember.
9. When you’re writing, you’re at your freest. But you’re also at your most vulnerable.
10. Something you write might actually reach a lot of people and it won’t feel like “just yours” anymore.
11. All stories must end. And reaching the end isn’t always as joyful as you might think.
12. Your dreams might come true … which is terrifying, yes, but in a much different way.
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is an editor and writer, and a 12-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food, and Star Wars.