Lessons From A Pixar Artist

English: Walt Disney World, Pixar Studios.

English: Walt Disney World, Pixar Studios. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I aspire to be great as a writer. You should too otherwise what is the point? One of my goals for this blog is to give you advice to do just that – aspire to be greater. Advice can come from anywhere. What can someone from Pixar teach a writer? More than you think. Story artist Emma Coats has tweeted some little lessons that are actually genius. You can see the whole list of her lessons at pixartouchbook.com/blog/2011/5/15/pixar-story-rules-one-version.html but let me give you the first five that can be applied to your process of writing that novel.

  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
  3. Trying for theme is important but you won’t see what the story is actually about till you’re at the end of it, then rewrite
  4. Once upon a time there was…..
  5. Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You’ll feel like you’re losing valuable stuff but it sets you free.

Luv the last one. Again go check out the other lessons this story artist have tweeted and create that masterpiece!

Peace and luv!


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