Writer’s Resource: The Story Spine

The Story Spine

Aerogramme Writer’s Studio is a website dedicated to sharing news and resources about writing and books.

In one of their posts,they shared Pixar story artist Emma Coats’ 22 Rules of Storytelling.  The fourth rule listed, known as the Story Spine started a controversy and led to the post specifically about how it works and its unknown origins.  Which then led to some research and a post about its creation, by Kenn Adams, for use in improv.

What is Story Spine?  In its simplest form it goes:

Once upon a time…

And every day…

Until one day…

And because of this…

And because of this…

Until finally…

And ever since that day…

Follow the links to see the other rules, how to use the story spine prompts, and some great examples.

May the Muse be with you,



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