Storytelling is an important skill, whether you’re a professional writer or not. Who better to teach us about excellent storytelling than the creative folks at Pixar? Here are 22 rules to phenomenal storytelling, shared by Brave storyboard artist Emma Coats.
Coats tweeted these 22 insights some time ago, but fassforward Consulting Group turned recently those tweets into a slideshow. Presented individually with Pixar graphics, the “rules” may stick better in your mind. Among the many gems:
2. Keep in mind what’s interesting to an audience is not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be very different.
3. Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about until you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.
6. What is your character good at, comfortable with? Throw the polar opposite at them. Challenge them. How do they deal?
7. Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle. Seriously. Endings are hard, get yours working up front.
These might all seem like advice for fiction writers and movie makers, but learning to become a better storyteller will help in job interviews and everyday conversations. Pixar sure knows a thing or two about creativity and the creative process too.
Pixar’s 22 Rules to Phenomenal Storytelling [Slideshare]