1. Before you start writing, read a lot and widely, but be aware that when you’re in the process, another writer’s voice can creep in. It can often be a good idea to stop reading other writers (especially in your genre) when you’re writing.
2. Write every day. Set a limit that works for you: a number of words, a chunk of plot or a time limit, but – Write. Every. Day.
3. You don’t have just one story in you, you have millions, So what if this one isn’t great? Learn from it and write another one. And another. PD James is 91 and still writing. She hasn’t run out of them yet.
4. Don’t panic. And don’t give up. Doubt and lack of self-belief are your own worst enemies. Keep going. You can do it.
5. If you get stuck, go for a walk, or have a wee. Both have magic powers and will unblock you to start afresh.