Maybe you've seen this graphic, maybe not: "22 Rules to Phenomenal Storytelling." In case you haven't, I thought I'd share since it's a visual that covers all kinds of great writing prompts and inspiration--and packs quite a writer's punch in a compact, artistically pleasing form. What do you think? Pretty cool, huh?
I first saw this in a post by Martina, over at Adventures in YA Publishing. Thanks, Martina!
Digging a little deeper, I found that this graphic was originally designed by storyboard artist Emma Coates when employed by Pixar. She wrote the rules herself, but says she learned the principles from senior colleagues while at Pixar. The beauty of it all is that the 22 Rules can also be purchased as a poster. What a neat idea. What better gift for a writer friend, or maybe even yourself? I know I've been inspired by it.
In fact, I've spent a bit of time this week looking over the 22 Rules from the viewpoint of my finished mss, now in the querying process, and my current WIP. What tips have I actually put into practice? Which ones do I understand better now than I did, say, two years ago? Which ones am I currently dealing with? Which ones do I plan to use as writing prompts or avenues of going deeper?
A few of my stats:
1. Those things I can say about my finished mss: #3, #8, #11, #14.
2. Those things I understand better than I did before: #1, #2, #16, #17, #19.
3. Those things I'm addressing in my current WIP: #5, #6, #7, #9, #12, #13, #21.
4. Those things I have made notes of and plan to experiment with: #10, #20, #22.
The poster provides quite a feast, wouldn't you say? Something from which we can take to fill our writer's toolbox, play with, contemplate.
Overall, I'd say my favorite is #11: "Putting it on PAPER lets you start fixing it. If it stays in your head, A PERFECT IDEA, you'll never share it with anyone."
Which, of course, speaks to the number one cardinal rule of a writer: WRITE.
All other advice simply branches out from that...
What points jump out at you? Anything you want to do, or do better? Which rule is your favorite?