I (fairly) recently had the pleasure of meeting renowned author, George RR Martin. This was hugely exciting for me as he is a bit of a hero of mine. Martin has had such a long, successful and fruitful career, so I was super keen to glean some pearls of wisdom from this man on the writing process. I was very lucky to be able to sit in a small circle of people, perhaps a metre away from Mr Martin, and have a nervous but polite chat with him about my writing. He was enormously helpful and very kind.
His advice was simple, and yet extremely helpful. Without mincing words, George RR Martin's tips on being a successful writer were:
2) Keep writing.
3) Get your writing out into the market and keep it there until it sells.
4) Never revise once you have submitted (unless under editorial order).
I have taken this advice to heart. I am currently sitting on number 3 AND number 1 at the same time. This advice has helped me. I hope it will help you, too!