Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
Push characters to their breaking points and beyond. Don’t hold back but challenge your characters beyond what they thought they could do. Push them beyond what you thought they could do.
More on the purposes of dialogue tags—use them to keep a story flowing.
Include anticipation in your stories to keep readers turning pages and involved with possible outcomes for your characters.
Verbs power your stories. Use accurate verbs to create the motion and emotion you want your story to have. This article includes tips for choosing verbs, including use of the passive voice.
A reminder to layer on the emotional hits so the reader will feel them. Use knockout lines or zingers when that works for a scene, but don’t be hesitant about pushing, about hitting the emotional button again and again.
Technology is part of a story’s setting. Remember to include technology, especially in contemporary stories, if you want setting and background to feel authentic.
The use of there’s for there are—is it acceptable?
A real-world example used to show the importance of checking sentences to make sure the subject you include is the one you intend for the sentence.
Give your readers a takeaway, something to remember you and your stories by once the book has been read.