Sorry I have been so sporadic. I'm hoping everything will calm down so I can get back to posting these great handout I have.
5.) Read – a lot: I agree with this. The one thing I find helps me with my writing is editing for another publisher. Most of what I read isn’t published books anymore because of my editing job, but boy has it made me a better writer. So read as much as you can. Everything and anything. Don’t just stick to one genre switch them out every once in a while.
6.) Stick to a Schedule: I can be a pretty good procrastinator. I think most of us are in one fashion or another. If you find you get sidetracked easily then you should set aside a certain amount of time to write every day. Try to do it at the same time each day. I know some authors who get up early to write, others write at night. And you don’t have to set a lot of time aside. Just fifteen minutes will do. You’ll find some days that fifteen minutes is all you’ll do, but other days that fifteen minutes will turn into several hours. Personally I start my writing around 8 p.m. and try to write until I go to bed. I get interrupted by my family but that is part of my routine and it works for me. Find something that works for you.