Understand that it takes a lot of time and dedication to write anything good. The most important thing is to just keep writing. Study and emulate writers you admire. Write what you really want to write. Don’t get too fancy with the language–be clear and true. Remember there are many subjects other than yourself you can draw on: You don’t have to write what you know–you can write what you’re passionate about. The life of Chekov can make a novel, as well as your own experience. Research can be a writer’s best friend.
Judith Freeman when asked what her advice for new writers was (http://www.advicetowriters.com/interviews/2012/6/1/judith-freeman.html)