Figure out your weaknesses. Play to your strengths. Know what you’re good at. Absorb stories in all their forms, from novels to action movies to Greek plays to reality television. Learn audiences, figure out what they want, figure out what audience you want to write for and how you want to do it. Writing is such a personal artform – it requires bravery and honesty and sometimes a thick skin. But most of all it requires life. Live, experience. And most of all, put the words on the page. There is no substitution for doing the actual work.