- Not everyone will like your stories. Get over it and move forward.
- You might not ever make a masterpiece, but you can certainly make something very good one day. Strive for that.
- Seek out constructive criticism, and ignore everything else, both positive and negative. Negative comments are meant to put you down and/or stop you from doing what you love; positive comments are meant to make you feel good, but can make you feel like you don't need to improve. Put the latter comments away for a rainy day.
- Rewrite, rewrite, and rewrite some more! Sometimes stories improve through subtle or big changes. Don't be afraid of changing details.
- You can't please everyone.
- Writing is a lifelong learning experience if you want to accomplish something good.
- For god's sake, stop making your characters so damned perfect. It's not endearing.
Don't let yourself quit because someone reads your work and laughs in your face. (My sister and friend stole my journal when I was gone and started laughing and quoting lines to me when I came back. I was 11 and it really hurt at the time)
It's okay if you read it again and realize it was stupid sounding. Just make it better next time.
Don't throw away the writings that you are embarrassed of. Keep them so you can see how far you've come.