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The best advice I have received is this: Read a lot, and write a lot. Nothing else will do. You've got to just write. Don't read about writing so much, don't talk about it, don't dream about it, just smear glue on the seat of your pants and sit down and write. Don't feel like writing? Write about that. Don't know what to write? Write that down and write about why you don't know what to write. Write bad stuff. Don't worry that what you write isn't comparable to what has been published--just write it. Write stuff you wouldn't dare read. Is it cliche? Great, you're learning.

A writer friend gave this advice as follows: BOC-HOK.

Butt On Chair, Hands On Keyboard.

Remember, you can always edit bad writing. You can't edit a blank page.

CK
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