1. It’s not a race.
2. When people hire you, they won’t care that you didn’t get published before you were 21 or whatever.
3. Stop trying to write like Laurie Halse Anderson. She’s amazing, but calm down.
4. That John Green guy you just discovered will literally change your life.
5. Your friends aren’t just being polite. They really do like the way you write.
6. When someone compliments your work, thank them. But keep in touch with them after the fact.
7. That boy doesn’t deserve to be the MC’s crush in your book and you know it.
8. You don’t have to be good at everything. It’s OK to be average at most things, and exceptional at one.
9. Do your homework. There will be plenty of time for writing when you’re done.
10. That blog you’re thinking about starting? You won’t regret it.
11. DON’T. STOP. MAKING. YOUTUBE. VIDEOS. IT’S 2007. DON’T GIVE UP.
12. You are beautiful because of the beautiful things you are brave enough to create.
13. In a few years, someone will ignite a fire under your ambitions. Let it burn bright, always.
14. Never doubt your stories. They are important, even if the first drafts absolutely suck.
15. No matter where you end up, you must be happy doing at least one of many things. It matters.
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a staff writer with The Cheat Sheet, a freelance editor and writer, and a 10-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.