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Pixar's 5 Storytelling Rules

Pixar's 5 Storytelling Rules

  1. You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.
  2. You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be very different.
  3. Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.
  4. Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.
  5. Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You’ll feel like you’re losing valuable stuff but it sets you free.

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5 More Storytelling Rules

5 More Storytelling Rules

  1. What is your character good at, comfortable with? Throw the polar opposite at them. Challenge them. How do they deal?
  2. Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle. Seriously. Endings are hard, get yours working up front.
  3. Finish your story, let go even if it’s not perfect. In an ideal world you have both, but move on. Do better next time.
  4. When you’re stuck, make a list of what WOULDN’T happen next. Lots of times the material to get you unstuck will show up.
  5. Pull apart the stories you like. What you like in them is a part of you; you’ve got to recognize it before you can use it.

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Next 5 Storytelling Rules

Next 5 Storytelling Rules

  1. Putting it on paper lets you start fixing it. If it stays in your head, a perfect idea, you’ll never share it with anyone.
  2. Discount the 1st thing that comes to mind. And the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th – get the obvious out of the way. Surprise yourself.
  3. Give your characters opinions. Passive/malleable seem likable to you as you write, but it’s poison to the audience.
  4. Why must you tell THIS story? What’s the belief burning within you that your story feeds off of?
  5. If you're your character, in this situation, how would you feel? Honesty lends credibility to unbelievable situations.

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Last 7 Rules

Last 7 Rules

  1. What are the stakes? Reason to root for the character. What happens if they don’t succeed? Stack the odds against.
  2. No work is ever wasted. If it’s not working, let go and move on – it’ll be useful later.
  3. Know yourself: Story is testing, not refining.
  4. Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; but to get them out of it are cheating.
  5. Take a movie you dislike. Rearrange elements into what you like?
  6. You gotta identify with your situation/characters, can’t just write ‘cool’. What would make YOU act that way?
  7. What’s the essence of your story? Most economical telling of it?

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