Jacqueline L. Landry
Keep writing. No matter what anyone else tells you, be true to your art and keep writing. Study everything you can about the craft. Take it all in. Constantly strive to improve yourself and your writing. Read extensively, particularly the "competition," i.e. those authors who write in your genre. Keep a journal with you at all times and write down random thoughts and ideas. You never know where they'll come in handy.