Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
Writers sometimes don’t know how to begin writing a new story, but you can begin anywhere, with any story element. You can begin at any point in the story.
All writers leave something out of their early drafts. Learn your writing weaknesses and then plan your rewrites around strengthening your stories and overcoming those weaknesses.
A reminder that manuscripts need edits and that edits take time. Encouragement for writers when they discover they’re not as close to the end of a writing project as they thought they were since editing can take as long as writing the first draft.
A novel’s first draft is never the final product. Learn both what’s missing from a first draft and what should be taken out to make it a better manuscript.