I don't think there are any secrets to writing in the - everybody has their own techniques. you must be widely read, that's one thing, because you have to resolve a tremendous amount of background information. also, you should know what the competition is writing, just so you're not wasting your time doing the same thing. unless you do it better, of course.
There is competition, but it is used in a good way. It is positive to want to go first, provided the intention is to pave the way for others, make their path more easy, help them, or show the way. Competition is negative when we wish to defeat others, to bring them down in order to lift ourselves up.
Agreed," i say. "it's going to be a long hour." "maybe not that long," says peeta." what was that you were saying just before the food arrived? something about me ... no competition ... best thing that ever happened to you ... " " i don't remember that last part," i say, hoping it's too dim in here for the cameras to pick up my blush. " oh, that's right. that's what i was thinking," he says " scoot over, i'm freezing.