Some of the elements of good writing are:
- Omit needless words
- Have a clear purpose in mind when writing a scene
- Think about your audience and how you want to connect
- Pay attention to the finer details; "the frosting on the cake"
- Proceed with organization and clarity
Some of the most invaluable critique I received came from people in writing groups I participated in over the last several years. It was one of the reasons I started the Circle. No one can or should have to write in a vacuum.
No matter how good the story, if the writing isn't there to back it up, you might as well hang up your notebook, your laptop, your pens and pencils and call it a day. My writing was honed over decades of professional writing experience - but experience takes you only so far - and then you need an editor to lead you out of the darkness into the sunlight.
All the best,