tkamiya: Before getting into technical suggestions I have a few questions:
1. When you begin printing an image do you have a clear (more or less) picture in your mind of what you want the print to look like?
2. Are you approaching the interpretation of the negative honestly, or do you find you sometimes second-guess yourself because of how you think it should look? (example - must be detail in all highlights, shadows etc)?
3. How often do you print?