Write what you know.
Show don't tell. Yes, you've heard that countless times before, but it's some of the best approaches to fantastic writing.
Write every day. In some way.
Read. A lot.
Avoid overusing adverbs. In fact, do you really need that any adverbs at all?
Find more interesting ways to say that cliche that first comes to mind.
Write tight. Don't add words to a sentence if it doesn't carry the narrative or establish character.
Use the spices of literature - metaphor, alliteration, hyperbole, personification, etc - very sparingly.
Write something that hasn't been written before, that breaks the rules of whatever you're tackling.
Be confident about your work, but be open to feedback.
Edit. And edit. And edit.
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