These writing tips are coming to you in no particular order of importance, in case you were wondering at the random and disordered nature in which I am presenting them.
Today's tip takes us back to the fundamental groundwork behind the story.
When we embark on the journey that will bring a good story to life, no matter how long or short it will be, we first need to ask ourselves a few questions. The "5 Ws and an H."
Who is the story about?
What will happen to him/her/them?
When will it happen?
Where will it happen?
Why will it/does it happen?
How will it happen?
How will it be resolved?
I once read (I don't remember where) that when you write a story you must put a man in a tree and then, somehow, get him down again. The story must revolve around a crisis (physical, emotional or psychological) and its resolution. And the character/s should develop or change in someway through the crisis.
These questions are the skeletal framework of your story; the way you answer them will put flesh on the bones.