For you writers out there, a friend of mine pointed me to a great link that describes 22 “rules” for storytelling that is a great tool for validating your own story line against. A Pixar artist named Emma Coats apparently learned these from her colleagues and tweeted these in the form of “story basics” back in 2011.
I especially like #4 because it’s a great tool to help you figure out your entire story in the form of a 30 second elevator speech!
#7 also resonates with me because I like to know where I’m going before I get there. That was exactly how I wrote The Left Hand of Light!