I stumbled across Elmore Leonard's Ten Rules of Writing and thought I'd post it. This is good advice, but I think a couple of them go a little too far. I'm sure you could get away with as many as 3 or 4 exclamation points in a word story.
8 Simple Steps To Become A Great Writer: Write 50 words. That’s a paragraph. Write 300 pages. That’s a manuscript. Write every day. That’s a habit. Edit and rewrite. Th(Step Quotes Funny)