1. Do not overuse your adjectives= purple prose
2. Do not use cliches
3. Do not ever use a deus ex machina, which is purposely avoiding a bad situation, such as you build up so much tension for what would seem like a fight scene, only to have it not happen, or someone's head is on a chopping block and a messenger comes to deliver a message to save that person.
4. No Mary Sues, or Gary Stus
5. Do not over the damsel-in-distress status
6. Do not overuse said-bookisms, which are basically synonyms for said in any dialogue piece. Meyer uses a said-bookism in almost every piece of dialogue she has. Do not have your characters hiss, growl, or laugh their words. Do not have them ejaculate their words. If you have to use a said-bookism, make sure it is so boring that it will blend in. The purpose of boring dialogue tags is so that the dialogue itself stands out more.
7. Make sure your tone is appropriate for the audence you are writing for. Meyer's books are supposed to be for young adults, but the tone of her main character is more middle grade than YA.
8. No illegal POV changes. Your main character cannot say her face is as red as a tomato if she does not have a mirror in front of her. It does not matter if she knows what a blush looks like. For all she knows, her face could have gone blue for God knows what reason.
9. Your novel should not mimic real life, but it should have some logic behind it. To me, if the majority of the readers have a question about something, then the author didn't explain it too well in the books to begin with. Such as the whole Bella getting pregnant thing. Meyer explained it on her site, but it still didn't make any sense.
10. Practice everyday. Read books on writing. Meyer never did any of those. She was an amateur who picked up a pen and decided that what day she would write a fabulous book, even though her writing skills are poor.
11. Anyone who thinks Meyer is a great writer is obviously very blind and dim-witted. They can think she's a great storyteller because that right there is opinion, but a great writer she is not, and that's a fact. I can argue with anyone Twilighter all day long about this, and I'll easily be able to throw them off the pedestals they put themselves on.
12. Avoid passive. In passive, the subject does not do the action. Ex: The letter was handed to Alice by the postman. That is passive. Active: The poastman handed the letter to Alice.
13. Vary your words and avoid qualifiers if possible. Qualifiers are words like very, really, certainly...ect...Words that can be changed for a synonym of the word you are trying to emphasize.
14. And make sure you have your characters act their age. Meyer had Bella acting like she was more fourteen than seventeen, which was ridiculous. I would have thought she was that age, too, if I didn't know she drove.
15. Do not have your characters whine so much. Yes, people whine in real life, but no one wants to read about a character who sits in the corner all day and whines about how tragic life can be. Give the characters more depth than that.
16. Plan what you wrote. For my novel, I let the story carry me, and it carried me into surprising places, and I was lucky enough to connect every event the way I did. With this final re-write, I had to go through and really iron out the plot. It has taken me four years because of the fact that I was still improving and that I didn't thoroughly plan it out. Now my series is thoroughly planned out.
17. Don't write about vampires unless you're a fabulous writer, or unless you're a published author already.
18. Make everything for your characters as worse as you possibly can--but don't overload the reader's reading senses. Meyer never did that. She gave her characters what she wanted to give them. Sometimes you can't do that, and a lot of the times it's impossible because deus ex machinas are not okay in writing anymore. SM is a walking deus ex machina herself.
Freelance journalist, writer of YA fiction, and yes, as a read you can enjoy the books, but as a writer you must realize that they are, in fact, poorly written. I even had an article published on Twilight, and why aspiring authors should not use it. Received plenty of praise, and I even got a letter in the mail from an English teacher who really appreciated my analytical skills.