Welcome Back, folks.
Today is Wednesday. The day I set aside to learn the craft of writing. As you may know, I am reviewing Pixar’s 22 Storytelling Rules.
Allow me to interrupt myself and give a word of caution. I’m repeating myself, but I want to make sure we are all clear. These rules are not really “RULES”; statements that must be followed else your writing is crap.
They are simply guidelines and tips that may or may not help you reach the next level in your writing (or whatever other creative project you might undertake).
So, why are they called rules, eh?
Hell, if I know. Someone must have liked the word so there it is. Get over it. Take these for what they are, someone’s advice. Since it comes from the Emma Coats , formerly of Pixar, we’ll just say she probably has a better idea than me what makes a good story.
Okay, with that out-of-the-way, let’s move on.
Ah, but we can’t, can we? Because we are stuck. We’ve written non-stop for the past two weeks (or months or years) and then like a car crashing into your bedroom, everything ends. The story thread is lost. Characters refuse to move or speak. And words thrown on the page fade away as if they were ghosts.
Yup, we are stuck. Regardless of all that plotting and research, we have no idea where the story is going and why. What to do?
Myself? I stop writing. I take a break. Whether that break is one day, a week or more, I take it. I give my brain a chance to work things out. Eventually, it does. However, I imagine that writers on a serious deadline might not have that luxury. If that is the case, maybe we need to look at the ninth “rule”:
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.
Seems simple enough.
Tell me, what do you do when you get stuck?
- Rule #8 (nilaewhite.wordpress.com)
- Rule #7 (nilaewhite.wordpress.com)
- Follow up on Rule #6 (nilaewhite.wordpress.com)
- Rule #6 (nilaewhite.wordpress.com)
- Rule #5 (nilaewhite.wordpress.com)
- Rule #4 (nilaewhite.wordpress.com)
- Rule #3 (nilaewhite.wordpress.com)
- Redux Rule #2 (nilaewhite.wordpress.com)
- Rule #2 (nilaewhite.wordpress.com)
- Rule #1 (nilaewhite.wordpress.com