Welcome to my series on Pixar’s now-famous 22 Rules of Storytelling. I don’t religiously follow all of these like they’re story commandments, but I do happen to agree with many of them. I thought it might be fun to examine why and explain what each means to me. You can start at the beginning here.
Stories take time to create. They require passion. Purpose. If you don’t have a strong vision for what you want to accomplish, the end result will be arbitrary.
It’s important to work an overall theme into your book. It doesn’t need to be as preachy as a lesson (but it could be). You’ll also want to capture moods and extract emotions from your readers. Then you may consider what makes your story unique, and how that reflects on you as an author.
Simply put, a paint-by-numbers story has no heart. Put yours into your work. It will give audiences something that resonates.