Pixar Storytelling Tip #5

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.

To me, this is the concept of elegance. Doing more with less.

Why use five tools for a job when one will do?

Find the meat of your story and the important sub-threads. Make sure all of your scenes reinforce these. Keep only what is interesting and important.

Everything else is filler. Trim the fat. Make your book a lean, mean, storytelling machine.

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