Appreciate the people who support you. They believe in you for a reason, and not just because they “have to” love you. No one “has to” do anything.
Pull inspiration from other genres to take your readers by surprise. Don’t step too far outside your own genre or your story will no longer make sense, but don’t be afraid to dabble in something new while staying true to your world.
Take notice of your own personal reading pet peeves, and make sure to avoid them in your own writing. I know this seems obvious, but often times, whether we’re aware of it or not, we can think, “Oh, this author got away with it, so it must be okay.” It’s not. Here are a few examples of my own: Over the top praise of the main character, ancient supernatural beings who act like whiny teenagers, and self-destructive villains.
As you grow and improve as a writer, try to maintain the mindset of a beginner. Keep up your excitement to learn, your willingness to take risks, to fail, and to try again.
Never forget your three golden rules! Keep reading, keep writing, and stay persistent!