Stories equal connection. They produce experiences, reveal what makes your message unique,they motivate the audience toward your goal- & in a way that makes it easy to share! That’s why we’re so adamant about you learning this skillset. Whether you’re talking about a job interview or a marriage proposal- your success rate can only be helped by framing all the best things about yourself with a good story.
Stories are possibly the worlds oldest artform (I said artform, not profession) and its probably because- like any good media- they are information and entertainment all combined into one.
These rules were originally tweeted by Emma Coats, Pixar’s Story Artist. Number 9 on the list – When you’re stuck, make a list of what wouldn’t happen next – is a great one and can apply to writers in all genres.
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, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be very different.
3.Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.
4.Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.
5.Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You’ll feel like you’re losing valuable stuff but it sets you free.