Circulating widely on the internet at the moment is an animator's collection of a-ha! moments that boil down to some key rules of storytelling: http://www.tubefilter.com/2012/06/12/pixar-rules-of-storytelling. Many others are finding it a great set of things to consider as they begin their stories and especially as we get in the last of the overdue material for the Lao American Speculative Arts Anthology, I hope more than a few pieces get tweaked bearing some of this in mind.
O course, I find myself wishing it was as easy to condense the practice of creating speculative poetry. But that's always the challenge of poetry, I suppose.