Pixar’s Screenwriting Tips

Nicholas C. Rossis

In my last post, I discussed how to create memorable characters the Pixar way. This one has some more writing tips from No Film School. This one includes several tweets from Director and Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats (@lawnrocket). I hope you find them useful!

Pixar's rules for writing | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

Character tips

  • Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating.
  • You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.
  • What is your character good at; comfortable with? Throw the polar opposite at them. Challenge them. How do they deal?
  • Give your characters opinions. Passive/malleable might seem likable to you as you write, but it’s poison to the audience.
  • If you were your character, in this situation, how would you feel? Honesty lends credibility to unbelievable situations. What would make YOU act that way?
  • What are the stakes? Give us a…

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