Pay attention to what you feel after you read. What did you learn? How did you feel?
Record the images and phrases that stick with you as you read books and newspapers or watch the world. Notice how you feel and record these sensations accurately.
All told, the creation of a story can take less than two weeks from start to finish.
About an hour brainstorming ideas and events to include in the story;
About two days to write the outline;
About two days doing some research;
About five days to write the story;
and about three days to rewrite the story.
First, write the story and then research. Don’t get bogged down in unnecessary description. Facts for fact's sake bore readers. All that is needed is the discreet inclusion of a few authentic facts. There is no need to be an expert. Find out information that is relevant to the plot already planned.
Use research to illuminate characters and to advance the plot, otherwise leave it out.
Why have characters waste interaction just to cover, say, travel arrangements?
In general, use dialogue to heighten suspense and tension, not to tell us what we already know.
Poor dialogue happens when the writer isn’t sensitive to the way his character talks. Poor dialogue is when characters overact and the dialogue is explicit. Poor dialogue is sometimes used to drag the story along with exposotion.
If the dialogue does not develop the plot or show the characters' personality or ambitions, then leave it out. Sometimes silence works best.