1. There will always be someone better than you at the thing you want to be the best at — and that’s OK.
2. A rejection is not a failure — it’s a motivator.
3. Rejection is also a positive sign that you’re actively trying to get a gig or job or opportunity.
4. Sometimes when people tell you they like your work, they actually mean it.
5. Your story matters, even if you’re afraid of telling it.
6. It’s pretty rare for someone to actually acknowledge their appreciation for a writer — it’s nothing personal; but when someone does, be sincerely thankful. :)
7. Successful writers are excellent collaborators.
8. They’re also always willing to try new things, abandon their comfort zones, and say “yes” to things that scare them.
9. Writing is easy. Telling a good story from start to finish is not.
10. Most writers who struggle to write aren’t “bad” writers — they’re just untrained creators.
11. There is always more to learn about every subject.
12. The longer you spend writing, the more fulfilling it becomes.
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.