1. Not everyone can do it — and it’s OK if you’re one of those people.
2. But the more in touch you are with your emotions, the better writer you will become.
3. Your readers feel connected to characters, stories, and ideas when the writer has close connections with these things.
4. Do not fear writing out what you feel. Seeing it in front of you can completely change your perspective.
5. Good writers leave traces of themselves in everything they write. That requires feeling.
6. Emotions can be expressed in a variety of creative ways. Some of the best art is born from joy, from sorrow, from hope.
7. You aren’t always going to like what — or how much — makes it onto the page.
8. But just because you write it doesn’t mean you have to share it.
9. Sometimes writing can be a little selfish, if it helps you cope with the weight of the real world.
10. You are not weak for admitting how you feel.
11. It’s not up to anyone else to analyze or criticize your feelings – written or otherwise – without your consent.
12. If telling your story gives you power over it, then write the entire thing. Don’t stop. Don’t second-guess yourself. Just write.
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.