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Read as well as write
We all know it, but reading goes hand in hand with writing. The more you read, especially in the area of your own interest and what you like to write, the better it will make your writing.
I haven't been reading anywhere near as much as I'd like to, but I still try and fit some in where I can. I've read books that I love that give me ideas and inspiration of what I'd like to achieve with my own stories. I've also read books that I was less keen on, but they've given me motivation too that something I would consider to be sub-standard has been put out there anyway. It gives me hope that I could achieve something.
The same goes for studying. It's useful to read around the subject you're learning, if you have the time, and to thoroughly go through any material you are given as part of those studies.
In the past I used to worry that when I was reading it meant I was wasting valuable time that could be spent studying or writing. But now I realise this isn't the case at all, and by reading I'm enhancing those skills the best way I can, and it'll all prove useful somewhere down the line.