Stuff you already know:
- Write every day.
- Find someone to read your stuff and offer constructive criticism. Do the same for them. Form or join a writers’ group.
- Don’t be a perfectionist. Do use good grammar and punctuation.
- Submit your stories on a regular basis. I like Ralan for that. You could also try Duotrope.
- Follow the submissions guidelines.
- Submit your story somewhere else immediately when it is rejected.
- Turn off your social media. Keep writing.
Stuff you might not have thought about (and I’m lousy at):
- Deal with it. Editors have the power of rejection and you don’t. Half of them are writers, who are procrastinating from their own writing by editing.
- Don’t compare yourself to other writers. Don’t compare your stories to other people’s stories. That sucks the joy out of writing faster than a New York minute, which—if you don’t know—is the nanosecond between when the light turns green and the cars behind you start honking.
- Create in media that aren’t writing. It’ll help you see the truth, beauty, terror, paradox, sorrow, balance, exhaustion, and love of the universe—better. It might unblock a block.
- Don’t treat editors badly. They have feelings, bad days, genres they like, and a bunch of stuff they don’t know.