2. Read. Read all the time. If you don't wear glasses, read until you need glasses. If you already need glasses, read until your glasses break. Read until you can't read anymore, and then read some more. Read classic books and modern books and good writers and bad writers.
3. Study people. Understand people. Recognize that people want to read about people...which means that you need to write about people. And you cannot write about people until you truly *know* people.
4. Write for hours every day, for years and years. Write until your ideas flow like water. Write so much that you laugh when people use the term "writer's block." Try new things when you write. Experiment. Fly. Crash and fly again and keep writing, writing, writing.
5. Write something that's better than nearly anything else out there. Slog through the query process. Slog through the submissions process. Cross your fingers. Wait. And...oh yeah, keep writing, writing, writing.
There are no shortcuts to becoming an excellent writer; the road is narrow and fraught with hazards.
Keep writing, writing, writing.
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