There is so much information on writing and publishing that it's hard to know where to start. From personal experience, I have found that I get caught in the research trap. By that I mean, the research of how to write, what to do and not to do, where to find publishers, self-publishing information, promotion, events and webcasts to attend...the list could go on.
- Blogging- start a blog that you will update at least a few times or more (preferably more) a month.
- Journal- keep a journal on hand and write about your day, thoughts, ideas. Even if it's just a simple story about how your day started.
- Feelings/emotions- perhaps I'm just putting this in because I'm a woman and women are emotional. But I have found that by writing during an emotional time, it was both therapeutic and helpful in allowing me to work on my writing skills.
- Notes- write out the notes to story ideas you have. it can be simple, but effective in helping you to get a better idea of what you'd like to do in a story. Write out descriptive words that come to mind for a part of you're writing.
- Letters- write friends and family. Send them a letter or short message on facebook. it doesn't have to be long, but it's at least you writing something- and always use proper punctuation and spelling! No shortcuts! You're a serious writer, so BE a serious writer.
- Books- if you want to write a book, then work on it everyday! Even sitting for 15 minutes and challenging yourself to write something for your book...you may find that you make more progress then you realized.