1. Your words are enough. And so are you.
2. You have every right to express yourself and write about what interests and inspires you.
3. What’s “valuable” to a person differs by the person. Just because one person might not resonate with it doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter.
4. Honestly? The only person who has the right to decide whether or not your words have value … is you. Almost all that self-doubt is likely coming from somewhere or someone else.
5. Even if your words only help one person, that, too, is enough.
6. You can always write it, leave it alone, come back to it, and re-evaluate its worth later. But the words have to come first.
7. You may never “get over” this feeling. But you can learn to write despite it.
8. You’re definitely not alone. More writers struggle with this than you might think. Never hesitate to reach out to some of them.
9. Even the smallest, “unknown” voices can make a difference.
10. You will always regret the words you never say/write.
11. Your words matter as long as you believe they matter. That’s not just some empty statement – if something matters to you, it matters.
12. You never know what even a few simple words can do to change someone’s life for the better. Take a chance. Trust yourself. Release good into the world, and good will always come back to 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.