The Pixar Storytelling Method for Writers
Pixar is one of the best storytelling film companies. Many times, much better than Disney, which is why Disney owns them. As writers try to create memorable characters for their own creations, an insider, Emma Coats, has provided some tips that all writers should consider.
As a writer, love the characters you create more than their success. After completing your masterpiece, try to see it from a non-writer perspective, because what may seem interesting to the writer is not always that to a reader. Be prepared to rewrite huge sections. Sometimes, during the creative process what seems great is not after time elapses. Does the story still work? Keep the characters simple and focused, make them good at something and then make them face something they are horrible at. How do they handle it? Have a beginning and have a an end before you have the middle. The middle will come because you have to get to the end! Good endings are much harder than they look. As you write, you will no doubt have blanks in where to go with the story (sometimes for weeks or more), when this happens, make a list of what would not happen next. Maybe the list will help you become unstuck. Look for the parts of the story you like and those that you do not like. Why don't you like a part? Analyze it. When plotting, set aside the first few things that come to mind, keep digging to come up with something more unique. If nothing happens, go over your list and select. Make your characters with strong opinions, having characters with agreeable opinions are boring. When you put your character in a situation, put yourself in it, how would you handle it? It gives credibility to the character. Give reasons to the reader as to why you want them to root for them in the story and stack the odds against them for them to succeed. What is the essence of your whole story?
Like most writers claim, write daily, even if nothing worthwhile comes from it. Write at least an hour. Make writing a regimen, a habit.