Even though this blog will continue posting as normal about the usual topics during this time, I just want you to know that no matter who you are, even if I don’t know you, you matter to me. I’m doing everything I can to amplify the voices that need to be heard right now on the appropriate platforms. Stay safe. Keep going. And take care of yourself.
And please consider being part of the solution.
1. Stories — or real-life events — that don’t end the way you wished they would have.
2. Walking into a bookstore or library — sometimes, that’s really all it takes. Maybe.
3. Let’s take that one step further. Dies anyone else ever just pick up and hold a book and think: “I want my name on one of these?”
4. Reading, watching, and listening to a variety of stories.
5. Watching other writers succeed.
6. That one person who takes the time to tell you that your words resonated with them — yes, one person, but that’s what makes it special.
7. Finishing a project — or a first draft of a project — and reflecting on how much you’ve actually accomplished.
8. Rejection — even if you aren’t given a reason.
9. Small successes, even ones others might not consider to be “wins.”
10. Working with and/or alongside other people with similar goals.
11. The desire to change the world one page at a time.
12. Realizing how much you just love telling stories — even if no one else ever hears them.
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.