Amy: I wish I’d worked harder at studying the craft when I first started (and not just spewed words onto a page.) You do learn by writing, but it’s a trial-and-error sort of learning.
Craig: That YA should be in first person.
Ellen: I wish rejection letters had not had such an impact on my early writing, and that I should persevere.
Hazel: I wish I’d started earlier.
Julie: Do it entirely for love of it, for the writing itself. That's the only thing (besides the friendships) that will keep you going.
Kristen: There's no such thing as a day off when you're a writer.
Marilyn: I wish I had known that writing would take lots of guts, determination, and manufactured confidence
Sarah: (I heard it but I didn't believe it.) It's going to take a while. It's going to take time to be half as good as I'd like to be. It's going to take a while to become familiar with the industry. But more than that, it's okay if it takes that much time. Lots of good stuff happens along the way, if you have the courage and sense of adventure to stick it out.