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Writers' Reel: How To Write A Strong Beginning

In this week's Writers' Reel, watch Michael Arndt, award-winning screenwriter of Toy Story 3, break down how to write a strong beginning using Pixar films as examples.

Here are his first three tips:

1. When you introduce a character, show them doing the thing they love the most, the thing that defines them as a person.
2. Your character needs a flaw. What's key here is that your character's flaw comes out of his or her grand passion.
3. Create trouble for your character by introducing conflict in the form of an outside force.