Pixar tells perfect stories. Teams of writers spend years writing, rewriting, and then writing each story again. And since Toy Story was released in 1995, they’ve developed a ton of storytelling wisdom.
That’s why I was so excited when my friend Brandon Clements sent me this amazing list of storytelling rules from the writers at Pixar. I picked out this one that provides a simple, interesting story structure:
#4: Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.
Sounds like a good place to start!
Here’s today’s practice:
- Fill in the blanks using Pixar’s story structure above.
- After you fill in the blanksm rewrite and expand your story.
- Last, if you have time, rewrite and expand it again.
Write for fifteen minutes. When you’re finished post, steps 1-3 in the comments section.