Rule #12

It is yet another Happy Wednesday, folks, and time for a quick look at  Pixar’s 22 Storytelling Rules. The twelfth rule is one I do not often heed, though, I should. Let’s take a look at it: Discount the first thing that comes to mind. Then the second, third, fourth, fifth – get the obvious out … More Rule #12

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 #9

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 … More Rule #9

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 #7

Nothing satisfies like a good ending. I am reading Michael J. Sullivan‘s series, The Riyria Revelations. I’m a couple of nights away from finishing the series. And though I don’t really know how it will end, based on the two first books (originally split into four smaller installments), I trust that Mr. Sullivan will wrap up the … More Rule #7

Rule #6

Since starting this review of the Pixar Rules and trying to apply them to my (failed) novel, a discovery is dawning at the edge of my consciousness. Character is key. So is plot and an emotional journey and all that jazz, but central to all that is character. I think I know my main character, … More Rule #6

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

Rule #4

Gotta have a plot. I know, I know! What does plot matter if the characters move you? Or the settings are so intriguing you fall in love with a place that doesn’t exist? For small works, I think a plot-less story may satisfy a reader. It may even satisfy a great many readers, but, at … More Rule #4