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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 ti...

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 no...

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....

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 g...

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