"12 Tips on the Art of Writing Short Stories," but good writing is just good writing.
Let's take a look at his advice:
(1) Never approach short stories one at a time. If one approaches short stories one at a time, one can quite honestly be writing the same short story until the day one dies.
This works just as well for college essays. If you write the same essay over and over again, you will get bored and never grow as a thinker (or writer).
(2) It is best to write short stories three or five at a time. If one has the energy, write them nine or fifteen at a time.
Maybe you won't sit down and write three or five essays at a time, but do write when you feel ENERGIZED, don't write that essay at 3:00 a.m.
(4) One must read Horacio Quiroga, Felisberto Hernández, and Jorge Luis Borges. One must read Juan Rulfo and Augusto Monterroso. Any short-story writer who has some appreciation for these authors will never read Camilo José Cela or Francisco Umbral yet will, indeed, read Julio Cortázar and Adolfo Bioy Casares, but in no way Cela or Umbral.
Does this really need interpretation? READ, READ, READ
(5) I’ll repeat this once more in case it’s still not clear: don’t consider Cela or Umbral, whatsoever.
Academic essay readers get the writer/professor Judith Butler.
(6) A short-story writer should be brave. It’s a sad fact to acknowledge, but that’s the way it is.
An academic writer should be brave. Take chances, especially if you're allowed rewrites.
(9) The honest truth is that with Edgar Allan Poe, we would all have more than enough good material to read.
Go read some Poe. His short stories are compelling and desperate. Think of your essays in the same way - make your professors desperately want to read ALL of your essay.
(10) Give thought to point number 9. Think and reflect on it. You still have time. Think about number 9. To the extent possible, do so on bended knees.
“The best things in life make you sweaty" . . . Edgar Allan Poe - writing should make you sweaty.
(12) Read these books and also read Anton Chekhov and Raymond Carver, for one of the two of them is the best writer of the twentieth century.
Anton Chekov believes that good stories should "Remove everything that has no relevance to the story. If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it's not going to be fired, it shouldn't be hanging there."
This just as easily applies to essays, if you insert some evidence paragraph one, its relevance must be clear by the middle of the essay, otherwise get rid of it.
Think about storytelling. What other techniques can you borrow from a good story and use to write a compelling essay?