Tracing is great practice and studying for just that, and it'll with picking up the basics and essential "feeling" for the forms you work with. There was a an exercise (from I think Proko) that entailed leaving one's pen (preferably a pen) on paper, and making continuous circles and curlicues without lifting your pen or arm away from the paper. If done for somewhere between fifteen to thirty minutes at a time, and practiced consistently, it was touted to aid with motor control and stroke confidence.
If you ever start up a Twitter art account, please feel free to chat me up any time in DMs; it's always super energizing to talk with others starting art. I'm not much more experienced, and anything helps with the climate as heavy as is these days.
Already feeling pretty jazzed now - thanks for dropping in again. Keep up the good work, you'll have a lot of fun with freehand drawing or just sketching when the itch comes on to try that out. I've never attempted to finish anything with polish (which I desperately need to change), but I've learned to belt these doodles out in very short time frames (five to fifteen minutes each). Helps with processing story content, characters, scenes, and such. And it's fun :)