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Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Great info!

Don't Sweat the Technique

So, I stumbled upon these rules, written by one of Pixar’s storyboard artists, here. Tell me what you think. (I’m a big fan of #3, #6-#8)

#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 v. 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.

#6: What is your character good at, comfortable with? Throw the polar opposite at them…

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