The 22 rules of storytelling, according to Pixar
some great advice there, abut also some boring “writing class tropes”, in my opinion. or maybe I naturally reject this type of rulesets as something to keep the stupid ones out…
#7: Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle. Seriously. Endings are hard, get yours working up front.
the rest is compiled at Io9.
and they forgot another one:
#23 be cute, bring out people’s fondest childhood memories and make them cry.