1. As long as you keep writing, you will always, in some way, keep improving.
2. Comparing your writing to others’ writing only sets you up for disappointment.
3. Just because no one tells you your writing is good doesn’t mean it isn’t.
4. Don’t wait for feedback to pursue a story idea. Just start chasing it.
5. Always write stories that interest and excite you.
6. Be brave. Revealing parts of yourself through your words isn’t always easy. But it’s always worth it in the end.
7. Sometimes, in certain moments, it’s best to let your stories speak for themselves.
8. Your words can change lives. But you have to believe they can. You have to believe they possess that power.
9. Writing is just as valuable and important as a hobby as it is as a profession.
10. Never forget to look back at where you’ve been, if only to remind yourself of how far you have come.
11. Never give up. Even when it seems like it would be the best option.
12. Never stop writing. Even if you don’t share all of it. It is a part of you in every form. It matters. And so do you.
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.