this is what happens at midnight on tumblr
IT IS BAD
BUT IT HAD TO BE DONE
The 22 Rules of Storytelling, according to Pixar
#1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.
#2: You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be v. different.
#3: Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.
#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 detours. You’ll feel like you’re losing valuable stuff but it sets you free.
#6: What is your character good at, comfortable with? Throw the polar opposite at them. Challenge them. How do they deal?
#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 even if it’s not perfect. In an ideal world you have both, but move on. Do better next time.
#9: When you’re stuck, make a list of what WOULDN’T happen next. Lots of times the material to get you unstuck will show up.
#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 paper lets you start fixing it. If it stays in your head, a perfect idea, you’ll never share it with anyone.
#12: Discount the 1st thing that comes to mind. And the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th – get the obvious out of the way. Surprise yourself.
#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 THIS story? What’s the belief burning within you that your story feeds off of? That’s the heart of it.
#15: If you were your character, in this situation, how would you feel? Honesty lends credibility to unbelievable situations.
#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 wasted. If it’s not working, let go and move on - it’ll come back around to be useful later.
#18: You have to know yourself: the difference between doing your best & fussing. Story is testing, not refining.
#19: Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating.
#20: Exercise: take the building blocks of a movie you dislike. How d’you rearrange them into what you DO like?
#21: You gotta identify with your situation/characters, can’t just write ‘cool’. What would make YOU act that way?
#22: What’s the essence of your story? Most economical telling of it? If you know that, you can build out from there.
This is great writing advice. Heed it.
i caN’T BREATHE
NO OKAY I JUST REWATCHED THOR THE OTHER DAY AND WAS LIKE ‘WAIT. WAIT. AT THIS POINT LOKI HAS ALREADY GIVEN BIRTH AND GIVEN HIS SON TO HIS DAD TO RIDE AROUND NO OKAY EVERYTHING HE DOES FROM THIS POINT ON IS EXCUSED’
but i also had to wonder how he lost the baby weight.
“Dad, I asked you to BABYSIT HIM FOR A DAY. WHAT PART OF ‘BABYSIT’ TRANSLATES TO ‘RIDE HIM INTO A POTENTIAL BATTLE’? YOU ARE NOT THE WORLD’S BEST GRANDPA. I’M TAKING THAT COFFEE MUG AWAY FROM YOU.”
That awkward moment when your father rides into battle on your son.
LOOK AT HIS FACE OF OUTRAGE
*dies of laughter*
DIY Killer Comic Book Heels
Pricetag: Around £15
Time: Eight hours per shoe (I’m a perfectionist and I have big feet)
Brief tutorial under the cut.
:O amazing <3
Superhero Alphabet - Handcut
Created by Sophia Flocken
Custom designs available at Spotted Flats.
LOVE <3 this would make a really good font…..
Laura has begun licking my arm to creep me out
it is working
my face when she does it:
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies,” said Jojen. “The man who never reads lives only one.”