What I have done today is move furniture around and put things away and empty the suitcases that hadn't been completely emptied from G's trip to Bristol and my trip to Glasgow for the Worldcon.
Elsewhere on LiveJournal, however, people like matociquala are writing interesting and thoughtful things about the craft of writing.
I think it's probably true that every writer starts with one thing that they can do right off. I suppose there might be writers who had to painstakingly learn everything, but I know that I'd have never started if that had been the case for me. Also, that is an excellent point that writers who sell are doing things right, even if they're not doing everything right.
I got characters for free. I earned pathos next. Grounding detail. Then I learned how to plot. Theme after that. Then voice. Started selling stories about then. What's that, six?
Worldbuilding... um... still working on that one. Sentences too. Getting better at sentences. Worldbuilding. Heck. This is complicated by the fact that "you can't cut one clean." Like a cobweb, every thread affects the shape of every other thread. Cut one, they all shiver.
Interestingly, that's more or less the order I got things in too. Mine went: character (which was also my free gift), plot, dialogue, grounding detail, POV, voice.
I think I now have a grasp of structure and finally theme and I think my sentence level writing is better now and the prose richer.
The one that I need to work on is worldbuilding.