Find out what works or simply fails.
Learn from the best, as they did.
En-route help yourself get rid
Of all sending your work off-rails.
Good advice, no matter what you write! Reading helps you take in sub-consciously layout and how dialogue works. And in reading widely you’re supporting the industry you want to break into. You can also judge how your work “sounds” when compared with a published piece. Besides reading is another way of indulging one’s love of words when not writing!
The wonder of being a writer
Is inventing a brilliant fighter
To be your hero
A villain’s main woe
And turns a dark tale that much lighter.
Of course there are those who hate heroes and love dark tales remaining that way! Some novels defy such classification too - Dracula is hardly a hero yet people are far more fascinated by him than Van Helsing. So in Dracula who is the hero? Also your brilliant fighter has to have a decent cause to fight for. And a great hero has to have a “great” villain to spark off.