I came across these 22 excellent rules of storytelling from Pixar, and thought they were worth sharing for any writers who stumble upon this blog. Here are a few of my favorites:
#1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.
#6: What is your character good at, comfortable with? Throw the polar opposite at them. Challenge them. How do they deal?
#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.
#15: If you were your character, in this situation, how would you feel? Honesty lends credibility to unbelievable situations.
#19: Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating.
Check out the entire list on io9 here.