Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling
- Admire characters for attempting more.
Keep in mind what’s interesting to you.
Get to the end of the story. Then rewrite.
Once upon a time there was…
Simplify and focus.
Challenge your characters.
Endings are hard. Come up with your ending before doing your middle.
- Finish your story, even if it’s not perfect.
When you are stuck, make a list of what wouldn’t happen next.
Pull apart the stories you like.
Know the heart of your story.
Get the obvious out of the way.
Give your characters opinions.
- Know the essence of your story.
How would you feel in your character’s situations?
Give reasons to root for the characters.
None of your work is ever wasted.
- Know yourself. Story is testing, not refining.
Coincidences should not be used to get your characters out of trouble.
Exercise your creative muscles. Take apart a novel you dislike. How would you rearrange it so you liked it?
Identify with your characters and situations.
Get your idea down on paper.
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