1. You! Almost! Have! A new! Idea! It’s not a fully formed idea but THERE’S A SPARK.
2. You’ve started looking more closely at your schedule/routine to figure out when you’re going to fit writing in.
3. Do you hear that? It’s your characters. They’re trying to talk to you (and for once, you don’t mind).
4. Your “I should be writing” feelings have turned into “I very much want to be writing right now!”
5. Even if you’re still not actually writing, you’re spending a lot of time flirting with your ideas.
6. Thinking about writing no longer fills you with a sense of dread or overwhelm.
7. You’re able to look at your works in progress and see which ones can be resumed and which need to stay unfinished.
8. You’re … excited to start working on a project?!
9. Your writing dreams seem less scary and more like a welcome challenge to conquer.
10. You can say to yourself out loud “Yes, I can do this” and mean it.
11. You’re not just talking about “when” you’ll get back to writing. You’re actually doing it.
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.