1. The stories you feel called to tell aren’t necessarily the easiest to write. But they are the ones that touch others’ hearts and lives the most.
2. Just because you enjoy doing something doesn’t mean it’s the only thing you’re “allowed” to do.
3. Kindness will get you farther in your journey as a writer than you think.
4. People who don’t agree with your words aren’t necessarily interested in having their mind changed. If your words didn’t do it initially, they probably won’t do so after the fact either.
5. Just because you’re good at writing doesn’t mean you’re a good fit for every job, gig, or publication.
6. Negative feedback is very rarely personal.
7. You can stop writing, but you can never stop creating. Even when you try to run from it, a story will always find you, and you will always find a way to tell it.
8. Not everything you write will be “great.” But as long as you keep writing, odds are high you’ll write something pretty good here and there.
9. Sometimes opportunities don’t come along when you’re looking for them — but when you’ve had your head down for a while hard at work and look up just for a second, one always seems to crash directly into your path.
10. Hard work means something different for different people. You have to do what you can, encourage those around you, lift other people up, and stop comparing their effort to yours.
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.