Pixar Rules! & Pixar’s Rules

Everyone knows when it comes to storytelling, Pixar rules! (Don’t even pretend you didn’t cry at the end of Toy Story 3!) If you’re starting out as a writer or even if you’re an established writer, you could learn a lot about Pixar’s character development, pacing, and plot twists. Or you could just copy down Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling straight from the horse’s mouth. Aerogramme Writers Studio (among others) has posted this list of story creating and refining ideas from Emma Coats, Pixar’s Story Artist. My personal favorite is #4, which is a nice reminder how simple the basic structure of any story from picture book to novel can be: 4.Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___. But check out all 22 tips, you’re bound to find something that inspires!

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