This is going to be a first, but if you are ever interested in making it as a writer the best way to get you noticed is by writing original content aka make up your own stories, yes fan fiction is great and all, and on a site like Deviant Art it is more than welcome, but say you want to be a writer and make money off of it, it might be best if you wrote your own story and well if you haven't read the title of this journal, this is more or less me trying at least to give a guide to writing said original content so lets get started...............
1. There is Nothing Wrong with Taking Inspiration Let me make this clear, I mean INSPIRATION, meaning you can look at the basic idea of something like say Lord of the Rings or Star Trek and make your own story with that, meaning if you were to say write a sci-fi story set in the future and in space, you can reference that earth is part of some federation or alliance, much like the United Federation of Planets in Star Trek, or if you were to write a fantasy set in the middle ages or some time like that, you can take from Tolken lore and make say Dwarves, Elves, and whatever other race you'd want to include, you can take some attributes from Tolken's Dwarves and or Elves to apply to your races, universe building is hard and there is nothing wrong with taking inspiration from something else that is highly influential to set the basic groundwork for you universe, almost every modern sci-fi series set in space can attribute to a lot of their concepts and ideas from Star Trek and Star Wars, almost every modern fantasy can attribute to the Lord of the Rings for their concepts, and most young adult novels can either attribute their concepts to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games.
2. Be Creative Okay, you got your basic idea of your story like say you want to write an alien invasions story, while you can get it published if you followed the basic formula of aliens invade earth and humanity either tries to fight back during the invasion or they fight back as a resistance after the aliens won, why not take a fresh spin on that concept and write a story from the perspective of the aliens or at least one of them, why not write a story of an alien soldier who is just like a soldier from any war movie, just a guy/girl who in the end wants to go back home to his/her family, I don't think I've ever even heard of a story like that, or if you want to write a fantasy story with dragons, elves, and almost everything you see in something like Lord of the Rings or the Elder Scrolls games, why not have those elements but set in modern times, like how different would world history be like if say in WWII the allies and axis both had warrior wizards in their armies, or if some countries were ruled by other races like if Poland was ruled by Dwarves or if Norway was ruled by Elves or how the civil rights movement would be different if Orcs were part of the marches, and idea like this is full of so much possibilities that I'm surprised that these concepts aren't as common as other concepts in these genres.
3. Characters No story can be complete without characters, and I can easily refer you to my guide to writing an OC for this since most of the points can apply here, but all you really need to know that a story needs these things to work, a protagonist, and giving the genres I've been pulling from the protagonist for those stories would more than likely be also called the hero, the antagonist, who doesn't really have to be a villain, just a characters that goes against the main character(s) and a supporting cast which can vary in size from just another character or two or to so many characters that you can populate a small town with them, these characters need to be interesting at the very least and the one thing you should never EVER do when writing these characters is to make one character likeable and interesting at the expense of the rest of them, take the recent Disney movie Maleficent for example, this movie sucks, main reason being is that the only good character is Maleficent herself while the rest of the characters are either bland and worthless like Aurora and the prince, evil for evil sake like King Stefan(yeah I may do a rant on this movie and one of the points I'll bring up is that people who defend Maleficent is that making villains evil for evil sake is boring and yet it's okay for Stefan?) or HOLY FUCK SHIT I WANT TO KILL THESE RETARDS like the three fairies, that is the cardinal sin for any story to make one character good at the expense of others, look at every story that is highly praised by everyone, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, all of those stories are famous and beloved not just for one character like Luke Skywalker or Frodo Baggins, but also for the characters around them, where would Luke be without Han Solo and Chewbacca, or where would Harry be without Ron and Herminie? And where would those stories be without those characters?
4. Explain Your World Go into detail about the world your story takes place in, and if it means you need to write a guide about the world then fine, as long as you have the basic and essential info about the world in the main story, meaning that if there is an evil empire in your story, tell us that, in fact more than likely make the villain be a member of that empire, whether it's the emperor him/herself or just one of his/her underlings, if there's a war going on, tell us about the war, you don't even need to tell us about what caused the war, hell you can even have the main character not know about that, just explain the aspects of the world or universe your story takes place in that are important to the plot of your story and you can explain the rest of the different aspects in say a bible of guidebook after you write your first story.
And that's the basics on writing your own original story, if you feel like there is anything I missed or if you want to give your two cents on the points that I've made, comment below and let me know