Pixar knows how to make us laugh, cry, and angrily yell at a screen. Learn some of the secrets of how to effectively tell a story from Emma Coats, a former Pixar storyboarder.

PIXAR EXCELS AT STORYTELLING. P X A R ANIMATION STUDIOS The first ten minutes of Up made us cry. Toy Story inspired us to believe in the humanity of i

PIXAR'S STORYTELLING SECRETS ruinedchildnood While she was at Pixar, storyboard artist Emma Coats compiled narrative tips she had learned and was grac

22 TIPS FOR STORYTELLING #1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes. #2: You gotta keep in mind what's interesting to you as

#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 de

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#7: Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle. Seriously. Endings are hard, get yours working up front. #8: Finish your story, let go

#10: Pull apart the stories you like. What you like in them is a part of you; you've got to recognize it before you can use it. #11: Putting it on pap

#13: Give your characters opinions. Passive/malleable might seem likable to yoU as you write, but it's poison to the audience. #14: Why must you tell

#16: What are the stakes? Give us reason to root for the character. What happens if they don't succeed? Stack the odds against. #17: No work is ever w

#19: Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating. #20: Exercise: take the building blocks o
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