A few years ago and even to this day I ask for help on the forums. I will try to summarize some experiences that have helped me along the way.
First, unless you are a good programmer and can be on top of your robot, technical analysis is not based on rules, it's just an indicator.
The books that teach technical analysis are dated, old (most written in the 70s) and are backwards looking. (Everybody can see an ascending triangle after it was formed). You don't need more than some lines on the chart because:
Trading is done outside of the platform. Yes, it is true. The Chart price is just another indicator like the RSI, MACD etc. Proof: you are given the trading platform for free with live data coming from the market, why? Staying in front of the platform will just result in lost time, no insight, no edge.
Second, low timeframe trading (below the Daily chart) is unreliable for humans. The lower timeframes are reserved for HFT & algos. you need to increase your trading timeframe if you want money.
Third, you need to learn statistics. This will be a difficult task and it's the missing piece of the puzzle. Watch some statistics applied to financial markets on Youtube, it will guide you the right way.
Forth, Excel. For manual trading you need Excel. I suggest staring with Statistical Distrubutions of EURUSD using the Analysis Tool Pak. Use =CORREL function on currency pairs to determine the correlation level. (Use the Excel I provided for some Insight)
FIfth, Read ISM Manufacturing & Services (https://www.instituteforsupplymanagement.org/ISMReport/index.cfm?SSO=1
) at least for US, they will give you an insight on what is happening in the world. As a matter of fact ISM Manufacturing is around 75% accourate in predicting US GDP (https://research.stlouisfed.org/publications/economic-synopses/2016/03/25/pmi-and-gdp-do-they-correlate-for-the-united-states-for-china/
Sixth, Follow all major Central banks (FED, ECB, RBA, RBNZ, SNB, BOJ, BOC, BOE) when their Governors are speaking, get acquainted with the jargon and listen carefully what they say about economic indicators.
Seventh, Economic indicators put in Excel. For US: ISM Manufacturing, NMI, M2 money supply, CPI, PPI, Retail Sales, Building approvals, Consumer Sentiment (University of Michigan), Business Sentiment. Reading about them will give you a future view about what the economy will do. Example: At the moment the US indicators are on a maximum but with no proof that a recession will hit US. THe EUR marked a narrow escape from recession with Germany GDP contracting, France GDP contracting and sentiment falling for EUR along with their respective PMIs (lMarkit Link above).
Eighth, Timing. Use COT. Search for terms such as FLIP, Commercials, non-commercials. Youtube is your friend.
Ninth, Stop loss is above your ATR. Find the ATR formula and calculate it yourself for pairs.
There is still a lot to say and the strategy requires a lot of effort, however it is one that I value highly because it plays on my strengths. Recently I decided to make money out of the 50$ bonus account from some random broker.
Best of luck