2) Fiction writing is brain leak.
3) Point-of-view is key to showing rather than telling. You let the reader learn everything through a character's POV, not your own.
4) What drags a reader on is wanting to know who, what, why, when, and where. Journalists answer these questions in the first paragraph. Novelists make you hang on till the last page.
5) Writing starts out as something to do on the side. Then it consumes you.