1. Saying yes more often than you say no — but also saying no when your plate is full.
2. Setting ambitious yet manageable writing goals.
3. Recognizing the difference between opportunities and distractions.
4. Setting limits. A few projects at a time — great. After three or four, you’re kind of getting into “my head is spinning and I can’t sleep and also what are words” territory.
5. Dreaming big. A person doesn’t have to be known for being or doing just one thing, especially if it’s outside the realm of what people “expect” from you.
6. Creating strict schedules and treating writing sessions like appointments. Some don’t like the idea of having a structured writing regime, but for many, it works.
7. Keeping to-do lists. Multiple to-do lists.
8. Clearly being able to state exactly what you want to accomplish without even having to think about it.
9. Setting aside lower-priority interests and tasks temporarily so you can focus on higher-priority projects.
10. Being kind to yourself. You deserve to take time away from everything every now and then.
11. Doing things you love, even if a lot of your time is filled with things you don’t.
12. Always keeping your eye on the prize (pardon the cliche), no matter what.
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.