Pixar Story Rules

The other day Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats (@lawnrocket) tweeted a list of 22 Pixar story rules. Here’s a smattering of favorites:

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

#5: Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You’ll feel like you’re losing valuable stuff but it sets you free.

#11: Putting it on paper lets you start fixing it. If it stays in your head, a perfect idea, you’ll never share it with anyone.

#19: Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating.

Now to put them into practice. Happy writing.