1. There are many kind people to meet in the writing/publishing community, and once you find your warm corner of diverse individuals, some of those people become friends for life.
2. You have a built-in excuse to read more books, because prolific readers make better writers!
3. Also: an excuse to buy more pens. You can never have too many pens.
4. Sometimes you get to fill blank pages with stuff you totally made up out of nothing?? And it doesn’t even have to be good or make sense??? It just has to exist?!
5. You always look at movies, TV shows, sometimes even real-life situations through a more analytical lens. Sometimes that helps you find light in very dark places.
6. You can always use “I have to write” as an excuse when you don’t feel like going out. :)
7. Family and friends are like built-in idea generators. Hang around people enough and you’ll always walk away having something new to write about.
8. Writers win more arguments! There is no scientific evidence for this, but we’re very smart and good at solving problems, so it only makes sense.
9. Two words: Snack stash. Getting hungry while you write? Snacks are always within reach.
10. Sometimes! People! Send! You! Free! Books!!
11. You’re never really alone. Your characters are always here for you. They never leave. Even when you ask.
12. You leave traces of yourself behind in everything you write. You are forever now.
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.