Writing is such a huge topic–to do it justice will take quite some time.
The first piece of advice I’ll give is common. Write what you know and write from your heart.
And write often. A writer on the writer’s website I belong to, Absolute Write, started a thread where he held himself accountable to writing every single day. He worked his way up to 300-500 new words a day (not counting editing, research, blogs, etc.). That might not sound like much, but it comes out to 146,000 words a year. That could be two novels, which is plenty of productivity for a writer who’s got to hold down a day job, too. He called it Not Letting the Page Win. Every day he wrote, the blank page was not the victor. And it made an enormous difference in his productivity.
Write with joy and passion and persistence. I look forward to reading your stories.
A Different Kind of Story Prompt
Advice from a Writers of the Future Contest Judge
The Art of Description–How Much Do You Need?
Backstory Is Not Story
Cliches Can Be Surprising
The Latest, Greatest, Bright, Shiny Idea
Nat Russo on Adverbs and Show, Don’t Tell
Point of View–Which One Should I Use?
The Query Letter–What Not to Do
The Short Story–Making a Comeback
Submitting Short Stories
Synonyms for Look and Walk
Stick to Your Literary Guns
Who Do You Write Like?
Why Readers Stop Reading a Book
Writing What You Know
34 Writing Terms for Serious Writers
Planning Your Story
Story Structure–Important for Both Plotters and Discovery Writers
Three Act Structure–An Overview
Three Act Structure–Act One: Inciting Incident
Three Act Structure–Act One: The Point of No Return
Three Act Structure–Act Two
Three Act Structure–Third Act
Three Act Structure–Epilogue
Developing Depth in Your Characters
Does the Sidekick Make the Hero?
Your Protagonist–Don’t Write a Mary Sue
Your Protagonist Must Act
Writing PoC Characters
Antagonist–What Kind Do You Have?
Are You Filtering Your Writing?
Criticism–Friend or Foe?
Editing for Passive Voice
Editor’s List of Common Mistakes
Kill Your Darlings
The Magic of the Read-Aloud Pass–and the Following One
The Smile and Nod Editing Passes
Watch Out for Homophones
Lessons from a Border Collie
What Was I Thinking? Maybe I Should Quit Writing
What Do You Do When You Hit The Wall? (Dealing with Writer’s Block)
Help! I’ve Lost My (Writer’s) Voice! A Remedy For Allegedly Lost Writers
Punctuation and Grammar
Apostrophes–End the Abuse!
How to Use Semicolons
Ten Ways to Use Hyphens with Numbers
Commas and Independent Clauses
Commas and Introductory Clauses
Commas and Introductory Phrases
Commas and Introductory Words
Commas and Parenthetical Statements
More Than One Adjective–Comma or No Comma?
The Oxford Comma–Superhero of Punctuation