When aspiring writers ask for tips, here are two that I give:
- You must be willing to write really terrible first drafts. Put your ego in your back pocket and sit on it while you write.
- You must finish what you start, even if the piece of writing turns out to have been a flawed idea from the start. You can only learn about the process of writing by taking it all the way from beginning idea to polished work, over and over again.