More from Rachel Vail:
"Astonish yourself. The thing you knew was coming was your first draft."
"Keep learning - not JUST craft, but about your character."
"Be ruthless. Fall in love with your story, not your words, metaphors or characters. Cut what doesn't work...then have chocolate."
"Be kind. You're writing for kids. It must ring true, but there's humanity in all of us. We should have hope."