Moko Expedition #17: Pixar’s 9th Rule

Posted by Robin Childs on October 31, 2014 News | Podcast | Tags: , , , | 4 comments

Pixar’s 9th rule: 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.

This rule gave us a lot of trouble, so we decided to mix up our approach…much like the rule recommends! Instead of trying to come up with examples from existing stories, we did an activity that would force us to apply the rule to a story concept of our own.

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    • Tony Esteves said on Oct 31, 2014 4:08 am

      Is it okay if I “borrow” some of your ideas?

      • Robin Childs said on Oct 31, 2014 4:48 am

        That depends very much on what you mean by “borrow”…and the ideas you’re referring to specifically…. 😉

    • Delphina said on Nov 2, 2014 1:34 am

      I write myself into corners fairly frequently, so this rule for me is about analyzing my options Houdini-style and figuring out what part of my assumptions needs to change to “escape”.

      Scenario: Astyr can’t get to the top of the building. He’s locked in a room with only one exit, he can’t fly because he only has one wing, and I just told the reader he can’t use his wind magic because he has no essence.


      He find a way to unlock himself?
      He makes or finds another exit?
      He obtains a second wing?
      He finds some other way to fly?
      He find a way to get more essence?
      Someone else does the thing he needs to do at the top of the building for him?
      He finds a way to warp space so that the building comes to him?
      He was never in the room at all?

      Somewhere in those ideas is what I need to get “unstuck”.

    • Aron Mason said on Nov 3, 2014 2:00 pm

      As a little brother ….yes that last story was cool 🙂

      I did not know this rule before ,but I think this might come in handy so thanks again for the podcast.