1. Not setting any goals. (We’ve all made that mistake. It’s fine.)
2. Setting too many writing goals. (Come on. It’s not just me.)
3. Your hunger for instant gratification. You don’t need it! These things take time.
4. Waiting until the last week — the last day?! — of the month to start working toward your goal.
5. Consistently abandoning story ideas before they get the chance to become stories.
6. Letting your fear of failure convince you not to even bother trying.
7. Trying to write perfectly.
8. Writing outside of your peak creative/productivity hours.
9. Thinking you have to write daily – and getting down on yourself when you don’t.
10. Not believing you can. (It’s amazing what a simple “I can do this” can do for your confidence.)
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.