25 rules for how to make people Care about your Characters

PixarMost of us want to write a book, a feature film, tv show, or comic book some day. However, there are many rules for writing that can keep us from moving forward, or even picking up a pen and paper to start writing. Reading through the rules provided here has the opposite effect. Keeping these things in mind can inspire you to actually give it a shot. To take a chance and dive in to your story, and to get to know your characters.

Former Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats provided a glimpse into her own creative process via twitter, and I’ve listed 25 rules for story construction. I’m also including examples of how these rules can be applied, or were applied, in various movies. At least where I think it can add some value.

#1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.

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