1. hold the stick firmly.
2. be sufficiently fearless about applying pressure. (Personal opinion: stickly characters look terrible. They pale of inexperience, uncertainty, and childishness.)
3. Breathe and be calm.
4. don’t rush.
5. have direction and deliberateness in every stroke. (Wishy-washy flailing-abouts will get you slapped.)
6. use enough ink.