Write what you read!
This is one of the best tips I have read from a number of different authors and writing experts. Why you ask is this so important? Well, many different writers will try to chase a trend or get ahead of an industry trend in hopes of getting published or having sales this way. The problem is that rarely does the work come out genuine that way. If you are an avid reader of mystery novels and love to write them too, then it’s pretty unlikely that you will be able to transition to writing a great romance novel because that’s where the hot sales are. Be true to yourself, write what you read because that is almost certainly what you will write best.
Don’t get it right, just get it written!
I don’t know who the first person was to say this was, but I know I’ve heard many say it since. This is a tip I am trying to follow myself. I can’t tell you how many times I got stuck because I kept trying to tighten up one scene and get it just right instead of letting it flow. Do you know the one thing that the vast majority of writers never do? Finish a manuscript! So just let it flow and worry about fixing it later, after all that’s what revision is all about. Now go finish that first draft!
This is a tip you have almost certainly heard before. Almost every author’s website has this as advice when asked what they would tell aspiring writers. It seems pretty simple right? Well it certainly isn’t always easy, but it’s no different than training to be a pro athlete, your brain is a muscle and it needs repetition to become it’s best. Now get busy.