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Pixar Story 22 Rules Legofied

Pixar Story Rules Legofied

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Allegra Tepper of Mashable writes:

Pixar story artist Emma Coats tweeted the company’s golden rules of storytelling.

The list — which you can view in its entirety here — is stealing the Internet’s heart all over again now that Alex Eylar, a.k.a. ICanLegoThat, has Lego-fied the storytelling gems for Slacktory. Eylar has made his presence known on Reddit by dropping into unsuspecting threads to leave Lego interpretations of comments that pique his interest. He’s also created a massive collection of re-imagined scenes from iconic films, like A Clockwork Orange, Inception and The Shining.

Whether you’re a storyteller or not, these nuggets of wisdom also provide great advice for life. After all, aren’t we all striving to be a little more like Woody and Buzz?

See the full set of Pixar golden rules for storytelling on Slackstory:

P.S. -- ICanLegoThat's Inception is awesome, too:


Wonderful. Love it.

You and me both. The video version is fun, too.

As is this story of the origin of LEGOs:

Great fun, thanks for posting. Had a great time over at slacktory.....

Isn't that a great site? I love it over there too, Barbara!

22 Rules:

  1. You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.

  2. You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be v. different.

  3. Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.

  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.

  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.

  8. Finish your story, let go even if it’s not perfect. In an ideal world you have both, but move on. Do better next time.

  9. When you’re stuck, make a list of what WOULDN’T happen next. Lots of times the material to get you unstuck will show up.

  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.

  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.

  12. Discount the 1st thing that comes to mind. And the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th – get the obvious out of the way. Surprise yourself.

  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.

  15. If you were your character, in this situation, how would you feel? Honesty lends credibility to unbelievable situations.

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

  17. No work is ever wasted. If it’s not working, let go and move on - it’ll come back around to be useful later.

  18. You have to know yourself: the difference between doing your best & fussing. Story is testing, not refining.

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

  20. Exercise: take the building blocks of a movie you dislike. How d’you rearrange them into what you DO like?

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

  22. What’s the essence of your story? Most economical telling of it? If you know that, you can build out from there.

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