Pixar's Rules of Storytelling
Pixar’s Rules of Storytelling were originally tweeted by Emma Coats, Pixar’s Story Artist. Number 9 on the list – When you’re stuck, make a list of what wouldn’t happen next – is a great one and can apply to writers in all genres.

  1. You admire a character for trying more than for their successes. View Post

In this video Stephen King, most famous for his horror and suspense novels, discusses the short story and the fact that many accomplished writers – particular those make good money from their novels – can ‘lose their touch’ when it comes to crafting a strong short story.

King first started writing short stories when he was 18 and many of his most famous books, including Misery, were first started as short stories.


This interview was recorded by Borders when King was promoting his short story collection Just After Sunset.


The Best Writing Advice You Will Receive All Year



The shortlist for the unique Diagram Prize – the prize awarded each year book with the strangest title – has been announced for 2013.

The titles in the running are:

Was Hitler Ill?
by Hans-Joachim Neumann and Henrik Eberle (Polity Press)
A historian and professor of medicine analyse whether the Führer was fully responsible for his crimes. View Post


E.M. Forster: The Difference Between Story and Plot

Story: the king died and then the queen died.

Plot: the king died and then the queen died because of grief.

Edward Morgan Forster was an English novelist, short story writer and essayist. He is best known for A Room With a View (1908), Howard’s End (1910) and A Passage to India (1924).

Forster wrote Aspects of the Novel in 1927. Aspects of the Novel was a pioneering work,  examining ‘aspects all English-language novels have in common: story, people, plot, fantasy, prophecy, pattern, and rhythm.’

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