9. Practice and Learn
Love and LDR is a learning curve. For starters, not everyone was born to handle such a feat. It is not easy and most of the time can be really difficult. Like little children, every step we take can potentially lead us to fall. When we do, it is important to realise that it is a mistake and learn from your mistakes. This can only be done by listening. A communication breakdown means no learning at all and will lead to a potential dead end.
There are many ways of learning, learn from others, learn from the web, learn from books. Not many people will go up to another and ask, how did you do it. So, there are many online sources available not only for LDR, but for varieties of relations. It is sometimes good to hear other people's stories as well and there are even more real life sources.
Like many things in life, the more we practice, the better we get at it. Practice patience, in your answers and in your speech, Its good to put words through your mind before putting them through you tongue. Practice giving, time, attention, and the little gestures that count, like thank you, good night or I love you (And mean it!) Practice communicating, send letter often, email often, and call often. start practicing now!