The best advice on how to write is from Stephen King in his book On Writing. He’s an excllent craftsman and fully aware of how plies his trade. It’s available on Amazon and well worth the seven pounds plus postage.
More succinct advice comes from Ernest Hemingway’s Top 5 Tips for writing well, which he was apparently given as a cub reporter at the Kansas City Star in 1917. Google it.
I can’t top those guys but I will add this three tips:
- Read every day.
- Write what pleases you.
- Edit everything.
My main inflences are, probably:
Cannery Row and Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck.
If you triangulate these three, you get my short stories.