Storytelling from Pixar

Again, I have to give a huge shout-out to Advice to Writers for sharing this post. Jon Winokur has collected some great pieces of advice and quotes to help inspire us writers and to make us think. If you are a writer or hope to be one, please check out his site. You can also find him on Twitter at @AdvicetoWriters.

Please note: in the below list, the comments/ asides in italics are my thoughts. Feel free to leave comments on your thoughts/ opinions 🙂

22 Rules of Storytelling from Pixar

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. (so true and sometimes difficult for us as writers!)

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. Challenge them. How do they deal? (perfect – torture your character! Let the reader see what he/she is made of.)

7. Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle. Seriously. Endings are hard, get yours working up front. (unfortunately, this one doesn’t work for me.) Continue reading “Storytelling from Pixar”