Couple of interesting tidbits:
The first comes courtesy of an animator at Pixar, who tweeted twenty-two rules of storytelling that the company follows for their movies. If it’s good enough for Wall-E, it’s good enough for you. Pay special attention to #14 and #19.
Author Terence Blacker posted an amusing list of writer quirks. There are some great nuggets here, and a few of them I find uncomfortably true.