1. Writing is a solitary process.
Though we commonly see writing as a lonely pursuit meant for introverts, it would be a mistake to undervalue how much writers need community. Yes, writing requires you to spend a good chunk of time being alone. But it also requires a solid group of friends, mentors, and fellow artists who understand your struggles, and keep you feeling motivated. When I first started freelance writing, I underestimated how much I would need that community in order to stay encouraged and healthy.