Pixar’s Rule #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.
It is hard to take a chance. Your mind is a perfect safe harbor for your story. No bad critique, no rejections, no editing—the story is perfect. But, if you never sit down in that chair, pull out the tool of choice, pen or computer, and put those ideas to paper they will never be seen or heard by anyone but you.
Once the story is written down, you can start editing the words. You can see all of the short comings. Find those things that don’t quite fit or work, and make them the best they can possible be. In the mind, things are perfect—no grammatical errors or misused words. Once you start the process you can find the mistakes and make them better. Make them the best. But, until you start the process you can’t perfect the process.
This rule seems pretty straight forward and simple. You have to write it, first. Then, do those wonderful things writers do to make it the best it can possibly be. Last, you share it. No one will ever know your ideas unless you write them. If you don’t write them, they can’t be shared.
Do you have a perfect story stored in your brain?
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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