Pixar’s Rule #22
What’s the essence of your story? Most economical telling of it? If you know that, you can build out from there.
Essence: the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience.
the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work.
What is your central theme? What are you writing about? What is telling about it?
You have to know the answers to the vital question. You have to know what make your story unique. You need to know the market. You need to know who you are writing for.
You need to be able to answer these essential questions before your story can come alive. If you can’t find a theme, we cannot find a theme. You know the story you are trying to tell or you should. Without that knowledge, it isn’t really a story and no one else can follow the story.
Ask yourself the hard questions. Answer the questions honestly. Only then can you move forward with your final draft.
Have you answered all the questions? Have you followed all the rules?
Also, all of you should check out the posts from my blogging friends who are doing this challenge with me! The first posts go up today. Links to Kate Brauning, Talynn Lynn, Mary Pat, and Alex Yuschik’s blogs are located on the side bar.
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