One of the first things any establish writer will tell you is to read. Read as much as you can, specifically in the genre of writing you are targeting for your own style. Reading helps you understand structure, vocabulary, plot and so forth. It also helps you see what’s popular, what are the types of books readers are reading and editors are publishing. Along this line, I say not only read as many books as you can, but find ways to discuss them with other readers. This is why I suggest joining a book club.
Book clubs are a great way to see what other readers think about the books that interest you. You can discover what some people think work and don’t work when it comes to the story and plot. It may be able to help you understand what to avoid or what to try and learn more about with your own writing.
At the same time, you may find good friends among the group. These friends can become readers of your own stories and be able to help and give you insight into what you can do to make the story that much stronger.
Who knows, you might enjoy the simple act of discussing books even if you don’t find any guidance within conversations.