I really do not know what extent your darkroom abilities are, but it sounds like you are just starting out or have limited experience. If that is the case, then I recommend you start with the basics and gain control of your materials, starting with the basics.

One book I would recommend is The Zone VI workshop by Fred Picker, and Ansel Adams Basic Photo Series, The Negative nad The Print. Both give a step by step proceedures of tests for film speed, and basic printing skills. And I will not try to outline proceedures that are better described in books.

Great photography is not an accident or hit and miss, hoping to get a good picture. Great photography is control and mastery of technique and craft. Once you have mastered the basics and can produce predictable results, stick with them and move on to grow in your own way of seeing and creative expression.