Posted by: steveonfilm | August 1, 2012

Pixar Story Secrets

I remember when the “22 Rules of Storytelling, According to Pixar” hit the webs a few weeks ago. For those who missed it, here are a few:

#4: Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.

#7: Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle. Seriously. Endings are hard, get yours working up front.

#10: Pull apart the stories you like. What you like in them is a part of you; you’ve got to recognize it before you can use it.

#16: What are the stakes? Give us reason to root for the character. What happens if they don’t succeed? Stack the odds against.

#21: You gotta identify with your situation/characters, can’t just write ‘cool’. What would make YOU act that way?

However, for those of you who like your story tips in graphical form, the fine folks at PBJPublishing came up with this FANTASTIC infographic covering all 22 tips:

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