I sometimes get asked what it takes to be a writer. The answer is simple, and also kind of obvious. If you want to be a writer, you have to write.
I've heard it said that the first million words are just practice. Once you've written a million words (not tweets, status updates or angry tirades in the YouTube, but intentional writing in the genre you want to be good at) then you probably have a modest amount of skill.
The trick to getting those first million words out? You need to really love what you're writing. If you don’t love it, you’ll soon grow bored and give it up. Learning how to plot, developing characters, world building, researching, editing, and even grammar and punctuation can all come later. The number one most crucial thing is that you love what you’re writing.