I just heard about this writer recently.He has a great website with lots of generous and interesting tips. Excerpts below from Darren Shan's article on writing tips-well worth a look.
'There’s no magic to writing (except the magic of where words themselves come from, but that’s a mystery common to ALL of us, not just those who make a living out of words; ALL ideas are magical, no matter how well or poorly executed they might be). It’s all about hard work, about pushing yourself and experimenting and growing comfortable with words. Nothing beats getting stuck into a story—that’s where every writer learns the most important lessons, by trial and error. But every bit of writing helps. Whether you keep a diary, a blog, writer poetry ... whatever. if you want to be a writer, you need to WRITE.'
'Getting into the habit of achieving your aims every day - no matter how trivial they might be - helps get you into the rhythm of being a writer who gets what he aims for. At least, that’s what works for me!'