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22 rules of storytelling, from an ex-Pixar story artist

22 rules of storytelling, from an ex-Pixar story artist

Emma Coats shared these 22 rules, or guidelines, all the way back in 2011, but they're being passed around the Internet once again in these images. I've been thinking about them all week, and I finally decided it was worth turning this into a Cut so we can discuss it.

Each one of these reads more like a writing prompt than a hard and fast rule, and they're great places to start with your own projects, no matter if it's in games, text, movies, whatever. This is a look inside what it takes to make a great story, and once you have the basics of that down you can do damned near everything.

This is cool stuff, give each one a read, let 'em sink in, and then repeat.