I have been using the Pixar Story Tweets as a basis to improve our story. Here are the latest entries:
#9 When you’re stuck, make a list of what WOULDN’T happen next. Lots of times the material to get you unstuck will show up. Oscar wouldn’t go to bed. Oscar wouldn’t take a vacation. Ian wouldn’t feel guilty. Ian wouldn’t stop trying to take the company.
#10 – Pull apart the stories you like. What you like in them is a part of you; you’ve got to recognize it before you can use it. The stories I keep coming back to are: Pi, The Social Network, and House of Cards. I like the drive of Max in Pi. I like the maneuvering and cunning of Frank in House of Cards. Frank is an amazing bad guy. I like how Social Network took something pretty geeky and made it interesting.