Pixars 22 Rules of Story Telling
9 is worth the price of admission, holy crap.
This is genius. So many great writing tips!
And this is why Pixar is a master in their field.
Why do I feel so weird reblogging this… this is the weekend dammit! Anyway, great advice.
Pixar you have no idea how much this actually helps me.
Number eight needs an addendum that I don’t see here, and that is:
- Have an ending in mind, but DO NOT MARRY IT.
Too often writers make a mistake of writing to an ending. This suffocates their characters and their story; instead of letting them grow and evolve and letting the story take its natural course, writers force the characters and the plot to meet a predetermined ending. Sure, maybe you decide on the ending and things work out naturally, but too often things don’t happen that way. Too often your characters and your plot end up growing and changing and taking a different turn, and that’s okay, you have to let them. Writing to a specific ending—being married to the ending you envisioned—ends up strangling your story. Sure, have a vague ending in mind. Know, generally, how you want the story to end. But don’t write it beforehand to the point where you’re writing to it. Narratives are road trips, not trips to the supermarket. You know generally where you want to end up, but everything that happens along the way—and the ultimate destination—is and should always be a surprise. Or at the very least, you should always be open to detours.
I also take issue with “story is testing, not refining” because you always need to refine your work to some degree after you write it, but number eight was the biggest offense here.