As I’m building Mesh, I remembered that I promised to use the ‘Pixar Rules of Storytelling.‘ I went back and started filling these out as though I was doing an essay exam and the results have been surprising. Let me share with you the results of that exercise. I’ll post these from time to time to help you understand where I’m coming from as this novel comes together.
So what’s the answer to this question? For me, it goes like this:
I started writing this story because I wanted to prove I could write new science fiction that would appeal to other people. I also wanted to tell a story like the ones that had given me so much joy when I was younger. I wanted to explore ideas like being brave, discovering your own power, reconnecting with your parents and banding together to change the world. I also want to tell a story where kids can feel special.
So as I said before:
- People matter.
- Stories matter.
- Storytellers must hone their craft if they want to matter.
I’m not saying I’m the best storyteller in the world, I’m just saying that this is the process I’m following to be the best storyteller I can be. Perhaps this will help inform you in something you’re working on, or you may have a suggestion that’s helpful for me. Thanks in advance for being awesome.