Note: This information comes from the following article. I cannot take credit for any of these rules.
When I stumbled on Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling, I realized the company knows exactly what they're doing. It's clear to me now why Pixar is the leading contender when it comes to film and animation. Here are a few of my favorite points:
#2: Keep in mind what's interesting to you as an audience, not what's fun to do as a writer. They can be very different.
#7: Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle. Seriously. Endings are hard. Get yours working up front.
#9: When you're stuck, make a list of what wouldn't happen next. More often than not, the material that gets you unstuck appears.
#15: If you were your character, in this situation, how would you feel? Honesty lends credibility to unbelievable situations.
#19: Coincidences that get characters into trouble are great. Coincidences that get them out of it is cheating.
#22: Putting it on paper allows you to start fixing it. If a perfect idea stays in your head, you'll never share it with anyone.
These are just a few of the excellent tips Pixar offers about storytelling. Interested? Read them all. You just might learn something.
What do you think? What is your favorite storytelling tip?