1. Getting so excited about an idea that you completely lose all sense of reality and time.
2. Crying over having to say goodbye to your characters.
3. Having that rare but welcome “I might actually have a really good idea” moment.
4. Finishing a big project. You feel relieved … but terrified? It’s a lot of emotion, but you’re also completely numb. And it’s awesome.
5. Your first interaction with an author you admire. (Meg Cabot liked one of my tweets in like 2013 and I’m pretty sure I never recovered.)
6. Your first rejection. (It might always sting, but you will learn so much from it!)
7. The first time you tell someone you want to be a writer.
8. That “aha” moment when all the roadblocks in your most challenging story idea suddenly disappear.
9. Your first time getting published.
10. Your first paycheck (even if it’s only $1! It counts)!
11. That moment you decide not to quit after all.
12. Every time someone tells you they liked/loved/were affected by your work. You never forget that. It’s why you do this whole writing thing, after all.
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.