1. Rereading something you wrote and almost maybe sort of … liking it.
2. Finally finding the “missing piece” your work-in-progress has been struggling without. (This is one of my favorite moments!)
3. Actually writing like you said you were going to today.
4. Writing more than you said you were going to today because you’re on a roll.
5. Finishing your first draft — even when you know there’s still a lot of work to be done.
6. Writing a phrase or sentence that deeply resonates with you — which usually means someone else will be affected by it someday, too.
7. Submitting your work somewhere. Even if it doesn’t get published, the fact that you’re trying is exhilarating.
8. Sharing something you published and actually feeling proud of it. At the very least, your excitement overpowers your anxiety, which is a big deal.
9. Hearing someone say your work affected them in a positive way. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does — even if it’s just one person — it makes all the difference.
10. Celebrating your accomplishments without guilt — even the small ones only you can truly appreciate.
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.