2. Develop a routine.
When I speak to writing groups, I often quote Stephen King - “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
3. Switch off the Internet. I have an app called Freedom. It disables the Internet for as long as I choose. It's the best fiver I ever spent.
4. When a child, read a lot of books. If you haven't already done this, it's probably too late.
5. Always carry a notebook and pen. (I’ve turned over a print-out of one of life’s great time-wasters, Sudoku, to scribble on the back because I didn’t have my notebook in my bag.) The more teccy-savvy of you can take notes on your phones, iPads etc
6. Write a structure. I call it scaffolding. You need it while building your story. But that doesn't mean you can't change things, introduce new characters, sub-plots, as you write.
7. Don't plan the ending. It's affected by everything you've written up to that point.
8. Use "said" for dialogue. It's something I learned from reporting for newspapers. It's a near-invisible word. It doesn't distract or delay the reader.
9. Find your voice - the expression of your personality on the page. Your sensibility, your way of seeing things. Write in your voice.
10. Read your work aloud.