Here’s a list of stuff that writers shouldn’t do.
I’m a true believer in relation to the first #2. Some of the other points scare me.
That said, all readers are different and these are readers’ preferences rather than set-in-stone rules for writers. Some good advice there, nonetheless.
And I am glad to be reminded of the Royal Tenenbaums, which is polarising but a long-time favourite at my place. Here’s some sample dialogue:
Eli: I’m not in love with you any more.
Margot: I didn’t know that you ever were.
Eli: Let’s not make this any more difficult than it already is.