1. Be organised. In some fashion. Make notes, have a picture board, put multicoloured post it notes all over a cupboard door and plot your storylines that way if you fancy it. Whatever works. Writing is a creative process but it requires structure.
2. Don’t be afraid to cut something if it’s not working. If something feels clunky, lose it. If it’s not flowing, you are probably trying to force it and it will jar. It hurts sometimes … it can even make you cry, but if it needs to be done, do it. If you don’t, your (lovely) editor will do it for you. And that definitely makes you cry.
3. Find your own voice. This is a bit of a cliché but it’s so true. It’s great to keep an eye on the market and you might be drawn to specific authors, but you MUST develop your own style and your own voice. There is room for you in the market … just be yourself.