Sure-- here are a few thoughts: Keep to a minimum of characters and develop one plot, no subplot. Use symbolism of some kind throughout the piece. Reflect the theme in the title, if possible. Consider ending where you started (circular motif) Be careful of trite dialogue. Listen to the way people speak and try to emulate the rhythm and nuance. Start the story in media res (in the middle of) an action scene. Save backstory for next scene. Avoid the temptation to tell the reader everything at once. Let them discover things about the characters for themselves, slowly, through the use of indirect characterization. Make sure that your setting is consistent with the internal emotional state of your main character. Female protagonists are in. Make sure you set up a conflict early on for your protagonist to overcome/ try to overcome. His/her response to conflict will determine the reader's ability to care about him/her, which is a critical component to any successful story. First person is a good way to get the reader to identify with your character, but it limits your ability to tell the story from any other viewpoint and all action must include the narrator, which works fine for many people. I hope some of these tips help you. Good luck and remember one last thing: The real writing comes in the editing stage. Edit, edit, edit. Less is usually more. For me, on average, I find two out of every seven sentences I write in a rough draft are actually worth keeping in the end.
All the best, Steele