22 rules of storytelling – according to Pixar’s Emma Coats

On Twitter, Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats has compiled nuggets of narrative wisdom she’s received working for the animation studio over the years. It’s some sage stuff, although there’s nothing here about defending yourself from your childhood toys when they inevitably come to life with murder in their hearts. A truly glaring omission.

 

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

#13: Give your characters opinions. Passive/malleable might seem likable to you as you write, but it’s poison to the audience.

#14: Why must you tell THIS story? What’s the belief burning within you that your story feeds off of? That’s the heart of 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.

 

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Dr. Seuss quotes to live by (infograph)

1. Today you are you, that is truer than true.  There is no one alive who is youer than you.

6. Think and wonder, wonder and think.

7. Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way.

9. Think! You can think any think that you wish…

13. Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

14. It is better to know how to learn than to know.

24. Teeth are always in style.

26. Will you succeed? Yes you will indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed.

 

The full Infograph at Holy Kaw
 

Thx to Michele Weslander Quaid