I've learned so many things through my writing journey, and I find that the most important thing I've learned in the last few months was how to develop my own style, my own routine and figure out how things work for me.
Reading a lot of advice from other people is a good start to find a direction and develop a path. There have been things I've taken and tossed away, and things I've held onto and used continuously.
My writing pattern is more regular now, and I'm also realizing that my storytelling is basically laying the foundation first, put the bare story out. As things progress and I'm able to continue forward, I can begin to put more and more layers of story and excitement down--essentially making the story something special.
About to break 20,000 today. I can't wait.