Here are some pointers you can use for your stories. In case you were wondering, I do not claim to be perfect, I make mistakes in my writings and am not always following my own tips. But they can be handy none-the-less!
- Make sure you correct your grammar and spelling. It's very annoying reading simple spelling errors.
- Send your story to a beta reader. You can learn a lot from someone who can give you pointers what she/he liked or didn't like. Also a beta reader can see mistakes you've overlooked.
- Research is always important. If you write a story about a disease and it's not realistic readers will often stop reading.
- As a writer know your character, make sure you know how you want your character to develop over time. A good idea is to write a short profile of every characters you've created so you always have their backgroud to fall back to.
- Don't rush your story. It's very important that you work some scenes out (some scenes you can rush but not everything).