Pixar has given us some of the best stories of the past decade, so when one of their insiders leaks some tips on storytelling, everyone should listen.
Emma Coats (@lawnrocket), a storyboarder at Pixar, tweeted 22 tips she picked up while rubbing shoulders with the writers at Pixar. The Pixar Touch blog compiled them into one post, Pixar story rules (one version).
Here are a few of my favorites:
#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.
#9: When you’re stuck, make a list of what WOULDN’T happen next. Lots of times the material to get you unstuck will show up.
#12: Discount the 1st thing that comes to mind. And the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th – get the obvious out of the way. Surprise yourself.
#19: Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating.
I hope some of these help you in your storytelling. And you should read the rest of the post here.