The conclusion to my analysis of "Pixar's 22 Rules of Story" is not so much a summary as one last thought about story drawn from the response to the original list itself.
I was inspired to write the analysis because a number of people latched onto the original tweets as the codification a hard-and-fast set of "rules" for the "proper" way to craft the story, carrying the weight of Pixar brand and therefore believed by many to be "the truth" about story.
The intimidating notion that Pixar had laid down the law of craft for storytellers everywhere had overwhelmed the original intention of the Tweets: to share some observations and guidelines in order to get people thinking about various important storytelling concepts.
But story development is a difficult, messy process and the idea that its elements could be fully legislated at all, never mind in one hundred forty characters, is at best wishful thinking.
Each topic in the list was calling out for clarification and deeper consideration than a "sound bite" medium like Twitter affords.
But the success of the Tweets themselves do illustrate one important idea quite clearly: people are drawn to compelling ideas concisely stated.
My own more in-depth analyses are moored in the original statements, and make use of additional concise statements to grab the reader's attention and direct them from idea to idea.
That's exactly how you structure any story:
A series of simple hooks followed by details that enrich and deepen the original idea, enticing your audience to keep taking each next step along the path from premise to conclusion.
Ultimately, my own analyses are themselves intended to get you thinking about the enumerated aspects of storytelling presented in the series, not as the be-all and end-all of story doctrine.
I've also shared some tips and techniques, lessons and observations. Each one is something that I've learned from my Pixar and non-Pixar mentors and collaborators*, and through trial and error.
Some of my ideas and approaches may click with you and integrate perfectly into your storytelling practice, and some won't.
But every one is a personal truth I've arrived at in my storytelling career, ones that I apply every day in crafting my stories, not some theoretical construct. So hopefully you will at least find each one useful as food for thought.
Please share this series with every one of your storytelling friends. I wrote it so everyone who crafts narratives -- screenwriters, playwrights, novelists, poets, songwriters, directors, actors, etc. -- could get more in-depth with these "Pixar rules" and find something that helps them express themselves more fully through their art.
(* Shout-outs especially to these teachers, mentors and collaborators: Mark Andrews, Michael Arndt, Brian Larsen, Ted Mathot, Boaz Yakin, Philip Eisner, Max Miller, Grzegorsz Jonkajtys, Tim Albaugh, Barri Evins, Scott Morse, Teddy Newton, Mary Coleman, Scott Mullen, Wojciech Stuchlik, Apurva Shah, Vanessa Taylor, Bill Zahn, Jason Topolski, Peter Krikes, John August, Steven de Souza, Ole Wendorff-Oestegard, Josh Anon, Stu Maschwitz, Devin Taylor, Laura Hainke and Bill Presing.)