“Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that – but you are the only you.” ― Neil Gaiman
The advice from Mr.Gaiman is great advice i think because whenever i think of writing something i mostly think of putting my spin on existing work when really i would be better off detailing my own stories, there would be more connection to what i am writing about aswell.
“I am always chilled and astonished by the would-be writers who ask me for advice and admit, quite blithely, that they “don’t have time to read.” This is like a guy starting up Mount Everest saying that he didn’t have time to buy any rope or pitons.” ― Stephen King
Stephen King being many readers’ favorite author notes a very valid point in that you would write significantly better as a reader than a non-reader just from pure experience. Readers have seen the structure and fundamentals of story telling and without that you’re shooting in the dark.