The team at Pixar is considered to be some of the greatest storytellers of this era. With successes like Toy Story, Cars, and Finding Nemo, they’ve learned the intricacies of what works and what doesn’t.
A Pixar storyboard artist named Emma Coats (@lawnrocket) recently took to Twitter to share some of the greatest storytelling insights she’s learned over the years.
We’ve adapted 7 of our favorites for churches and preachers.
7 Story Telling Tips From Pixar
- You have to keep in mind what’s interesting (and of most value) to your audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be very different.
- Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.
- Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle. Seriously. Endings are hard, get yours working up front.
- Finish your story, let go even if it’s not perfect. In an ideal world you have both, but move on. Do better next time.
- 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.
- If you were your character, in this situation, how would you feel? Honesty lends credibility to unbelievable situations.
- No work is ever wasted. If it’s not working, let go and move on – it’ll come back around to be useful later.
Don’t forget, however, that faith comes by hearing the Word of God and the gospel preached. This is foundationally essential to the Holy Spirit changing lives. Without scripture and the gospel, it doesn’t matter how great of a storyteller you are. But with the gospel, often great storytelling will help attract more ears to hear Scripture.
What are your best storytelling tips?