My first, last and most important piece of advice for any writer or would-be writer is to read. People are going to tell you this all the time – and it’s for a whole bunch of reasons. Here are a few of them.
Read what you love – it will remind you of that excitement and sense of magic that made you want to be a writer in the first place. It will nourish your spirit when things are going badly and the writing is tough. And it will be tough, a lot of the time. You’ll need the imaginary friends and worlds you find in books to comfort you.