However you approach becoming a writer (whether you write first, learn the techniques later, or study before taking up the pen, or a combination of both) there’s always room for improvement. There is a great deal to be learned from courses, residencies, books, and even the internet, but one near-guaranteed method to improving as a writer is, simply, to write.
Write regularly – or as regularly as you can – and write often. It doesn’t matter whether you allocate a set portion of time to write or set yourself a goal (e.g. 750 words per session) but writing regularly will help you develop as a writer. Once you’ve learned the “basics”, putting that into practice is a great way to learn. You’ll encounter plot and technical problems along the way, and solving those problems will help you grow as a writer. I’ve found that if you have an extended break from writing, those first few sessions back at the keyboard are usually tricky – the result of being out of practice. So, write, write, write and give yourself the best chance to become a better writer.