If you want to treat this like a honest-to-gosh college level writing class do the following:
a. Write a 50,000 word novel over a 4 month period, about 12,500 words a month. They don’t need to be good but they do need to be written.
b. Establish a writing group (of around 5 people) and submit and critique a thousand words of new writing from each of you every week.
c. Get an expert (aka Brandon or someone you trust) to critique 2000 words of your most polished prose, preferably your novel’s introduction.