Sunday, October 6, 2013

Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling

I said I'd put this up on the blog, and here it is!

One of the most helpful things I found in this is the advice to simplify. Stories, even short ones, can quickly become complicated. A writer has to adjust the scope or depth of their narratives according to the medium. A character can be whole without every little detail revealed; if you do it right, your audience cares far more about what's going to happen next than about those microscopic plot holes. Reducing a story to its bare bones can help you to add details as needed.

Of course, Pixar's methods don't apply to every form of story telling, but they possess beautiful utility. I'll definitely think of them whenever a story of mine becomes too much to handle.


  1. Thanks Craig. I really enjoyed reading this slideshow and I like the Pixar pictures to relate the advise to.

  2. This is a great page, thanks for sharing! I've been a fan of Pixar since Toy Story came out, and the beauty of it is that the writers have all these ideals and way more in their heads. That's not all though, I think to truly be a good writer, one must think with their heart as well. Appealing to an audience is not an easy thing. One must forget what they learned in clasand in the work environment and apply what they know FEELS right. At least, that's what I got out of this. There's a beauty in simplicity, and sometimes less is more!


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