Listen, rules exist for a reason. Over the years those who study good literature have discerned some things that make one work stronger than another, and voila! we get rules. However, "good" writing is so subjective to both personality and generation that I think we as authors do ourselves a disservice when we chain ourselves to the rules. What one person absolutely loves in a story might just drive another person absolutely batty. That, however, does not mean we should make a new rule about ignoring all the previous rules - just set them aside for a bit until we get our story down on paper.
So here, on this AuthorCulture post on June 13th, 2011, I hereby give you permission to IGNORE the rules (gasp!) for your first draft. Sit down and simply write your story, let it flow, use as many perfect-as-a-peach cliches as you wish. Your character can run quickly, or jump joyfully, or glower menacingly. You can tell the reader that Molly didn't like Peter, just like that. "Molly didn't like Peter." Use as many exclamation points as you jolly well please!!!! And then walk away from the story for at least a month. Let the story simmer in your mind, mull it over and play with ideas that will make it stronger.
But the reason I want you to ignore the rules for the first draft is because I think we often choke the story that wants to be told when we are so concerned about the rules.