Happy (slightly belated) Independence Day! Here’s to the men and women who risked their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor and forever changed the course of history.
And now onto the topic of day…
Thanks to my friends and family, I’ve become an avid user of Pinterest. While most of what I find are new ways to braid my hair and alter my clothes, I always keep an eye out for writing inspiration. And this morning, I was rather surprised to find some.
From what I understand, Emma Coats (who worked on Brave) posted some lessons she’s learned from working with Pixar. It’s a fascinating list filled with some advice I learned long ago and new ideas worth noting. Below are a few of my favorites.
#7: Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle. Seriously. Endings are hard, get yours working up front.
A huge challenge for me, but something that I aspire to do better. Being a pantser is all fun and games until somebody finds a loophole that completely changes the ending.
#14: Why must you tell THIS story? What’s the belief burning within you that your story feeds off of? That’s the heart of it.
And, incredibly, it seems like that is what will remain even as the story matures and the plot that used to give the story flesh is stripped away and replaced with new ideas.
#17: No work is ever wasted. If it’s not working, let go and move on – it’ll come back around to be useful later.
Letting go is never easy, but sometimes that time on the shelf is just what the doctor ordered.
What do you think of this list? Have any favorites?