1. Pay close attention to details.
2. Don’t be satisfied with a first or second draft.
3. Share your work with first readers with critical eyes.
4. Be honest with yourself regarding your work.
I write everything longhand before typing it – some form of editing takes place there already.
I run all my work via a couple of people: one who is a reader and the other one, a writer. The reader lets me that there is a story there first of all because sometimes as writers, we can be bogged down in things like climax, resolution, settings that we forget that it is the story that is primordial. Then the writer friend gets to work on writerly techniques.
To keep reading. And write, despite the convenient excuse of 'life'. To keep my eyes wide in this nuanced world - that a five minute walk holds a million stories.
More technically, I've learned to trust the reader; to trim trim trim. And I now understand the importance of other eyes, of reviews and a thousand revisions, before sending anything out.