Rule #15

If you were your character, in this situation, how would you feel? Honesty lends credibility to unbelievable situations. I’ve been watching Grimm, the NBC TV show. Since I don’t have a TV or cable reception, I’m watching Season 1 and 2 via Amazon Prime. So, yes, I’m a little late to the scene, but hey, … More Rule #15

Rule #13

Happy Wednesday! Today we get to take another quick look at  Pixar’s 22 Storytelling Rules. We are making our way through them, and we’ve bypassed the half-way mark. If you’ve missed one, you can check out the list at the end of this post. Without further ado, here’s the 13th rule: Give your characters opinions. Passive/malleable … More Rule #13

Rule #11

Happy Wednesday Everyone, I am posting this a little late in the day, my apologies, but since I haven’t kept to my schedule for most of this year, I’m sure you didn’t notice. (At least, I hope you didn’t notice…) Anyway, let us continue with Pixar’s 22 Storytelling Rules. The 11th rule is one that the … More Rule #11

Rule #8

Wow – I can’t believe it’s been more than a month since I reviewed Rule #7 from Pixar’s 22 Storytelling Rules. Time truly speeds by when you are having fun (or working too much). So, let’s get right to it, shall we? Pixar’s next rule is one that I struggle with the most, I think. … More Rule #8

Rule #5

Why don’t I heed more experienced writers? Why do I tear my hair out forcing my story to adhere to my outline? And why must I spend weeks on one horrible scene that I eventually end up cutting out anyway? How many times have you read something like this? Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over … More Rule #5


Howdy Folks, I thought I’d start out the new year with some much-needed rules. You all have gone rampant lately, and if I don’t whip you hooligans into shape, who will? Now, before you all get defensive about it, when I say ‘rules’, I really mean ‘guidelines’. I think anyone who comes up with any set of … More Rules