#11: Putting it on paper lets you start fixing it. If it stays in your head, a perfect idea, you'll never share it with anyone.
Emma Coats, a storyboard artist for Pixar, has been compiling a series of tweets that serve as style guidelines. They are listed on this site under the name "Pixar story rules (one version)". I will probably have them all tattooed on my forearm for easy reference.
I was wandering through the streets of the internet when I came across a teaser for the above blog post. I'm always looking for motivation to stay consistent with my writing, and so any kind of structured framework grabs my attention. Will it work? Usually only until the novelty wears off. But when I read through this list of 'rules', I kept thinking about how well they applied to life in general. With a little fine tuning, these storyboard guidelines read as a style guide for living. Some are a bit redundant, but others inadvertently jump out and shake loose the fundamental lessons they were meant to impart. In so doing, they reveal a glimpse of the greater conversation between creation and action.