I am not one– I am many
Woven together to create a mosaic identity
My eyes, imperfect mirrors reflecting only part
Of this consummate creation– the truths in my heart
Us writers are blessed with a single body that we must rely on to express vast spaces with even more vast personalities… but that’s why we write.
For a long time, I got stuck on the idea of perfection. Unable to simply dump ideas and come back to them later, I edited as I wrote– scrutinized every word and stressed over every syllable. That is, until I found a quote from Pixar’s rules of storytelling:
“If it stays in your head, a perfect idea
You’ll never share it with anyone
After all… our words can’t reach a single soul or give a voice to our beloved characters if we never work to try.
So here’s my challenge to you. In a comment below geek out about a character! Whether they’re your original character or someone else’s, let go of the pressure and just have fun. Let us inspire one another and remind ourselves why we do what we do.
^Follow the link above to see the complete list of Pixar’s storytelling rules reblogged by Jared Keller and based off of Emma Coat’s 2012 tweets of wisdom gained from Pixar after years of working there.
This list has served as inspiration in the hardest of times throughout my years and I hope they can help you as well!