Author has written 1 story for Frozen.
There is really very little to know about me. I'm a Star Wars and Disney fanatic who has recently caught the Star Trek bug. I prefer movies, books and jigsaw puzzles to a night on the town, and I love camping (especially in places where there is no phone signal - something that is getting harder and harder to find!), dancing (I am so bad I'm funny), singing (yeah, ear plugs are definitely a must if you find yourself in my car), and I'm forever driving into mudholes when 4wdriving even though I know I'll probably get bogged (so much for 'live without limits') for the sake of it.
I would have failed english in high school if not for my grandmother's help, so that should be an indication of my somewhat lacking writing abilities (it's the attempt that counts, right?).
I'm past the quarter of a century age milestone, and I discovered fanfiction while procrastinating in studying for my university examinations.
I like reading stories that me laugh out loud, and it's taken me a very long time to get the courage to post one of the many stories collecting dust in my computer hard drive. I hope you enjoy it (or them, if I ever get to that stage). :)
Update 2/08: While I aim for weekly updates, it all depends on work and health (and right now, work has me flat out like a lizard drinking)
Pixar’s 22 Rules to Phenomenal storytelling:
1. You ADMIRE a CHARACTER more for TRYING than for their successes.
2. Keep in mind what’s interesting to an AUDIENCE, NOT what’s FUN to do as a writer. They can be very different.
3. Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about until you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.
4. Once upon a time there was _. Every day, _. One day _. Because of that, _. Because of that, _. Until finally _.
5. Simply. FOCUS. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You’ll feel like you’re losing valuable stuff but it sets you free.
6. What is your character good at, comfortable with? Throw the polar opposite at them. Challenge them. How do they DEAL?
7. Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle. Seriously. Endings are HARD, get yours working up front.
8. 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.
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.
10. Pull apart the stories you like. What you like in them is part of you; you’ve got to recognise it before you can use it.
11. Putting it on paper lets you start fixing it. If it stays in your head, a perfect idea, you’ll never share it with anyone.
12. DISCOUNT the 1st thing that comes to mind. And the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th –get the obvious out of the way. Surprise yourself.
13. Give you characters OPINIONS. Passive/malleable might seem likable to you as your write, but its poison to the audience.
14. Why must you tell this story? What’s the belief burning within you that your story feeds off of? That’s the heart of it.
15. If you were your character, in this situation, how would you feel? Honesty lends credibility to unbelievable situations.
16. What are the stakes? Give us reason to root for the character. What happens if they don’t succeed? Stack the odds against.
17. No work is ever wasted. If it’s not working, let go and move on –it’ll come back around to be useful later.
18. You have to KNOW YOURSELF: the difference between doing your best story testing & fussing, not refining.
19. Coincidences to get characters into TROUBLE are GREAT. COINCIDENCES to get them out of it are CHEATING.
20. Exercise: take the building blocks of a movie you DISLIKE. How d’you rearrange them into what you DO like?
21.You have to identify with your situation and characters, CAN’T JUST WRITE ‘COOL’. What would make YOU act that way?
22.What’s the ESSENCE of your story? Most economical telling of it? If you KNOW that, you can build out from there.