As I've gone online for writing tips and tools, I've seen a list of things that have grabbed my attention. See if you like any of these.
Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that — but you are the only you.
"My first rule was given to me by TH White, author of The Sword in the Stone and other Arthurian fantasies and was: Read. Read everything you can lay hands on. I always advise people who want to write a fantasy or science fiction or romance to stop reading everything in those genres and start reading everything else from Bunyan to Byatt." —Michael Moorcock
I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.
Believe that you’re a writer.
The first draft of everything is shit.
Never rescue your hero.
Break out of your comfort zone.
You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
"Always carry a note-book. And I mean always. The short-term memory only retains information for three minutes; unless it is committed to paper you can lose an idea for ever." — Will Self
There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.