Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

Great tips from Pixar. Worth a read!

LA Screenwriter

Emma Coats, a Pixar storyboard artist has shared twenty-two rules of storytelling that she has compiled during her time at the animation powerhouse. (Thanks to io9 for posting the list.) The rules are:

#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…

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