It is really important that we read books if we want to write. Not necessarily for influence or inspiration but to see how published works flow and to understand the language. How often do you read?
I just fell into it on my part but what makes you want to tell your story to the world? We all have a story in us and it is an awesome feat if we can get pen to paper and make the intangible become the tangible. What keeps you going and how far do you feel that you have come? Always look back to see how far out from the shore you are and if you're in deep water then wow you are making waves to accomplishing finishing your journey to the other side. Keep on going