The Anatomy of Story

The Anatomy of Story

22 Steps to Becoming A Master Storyteller

Book - 2007
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John Truby is one of the most respected and sought-after story consultants in the film industry, and his students have gone on to pen some of Hollywood's most successful films, including Sleepless in Seattle , Scream, and Shrek . The Anatomy of Story is his long-awaited first book, and it shares all of his secrets for writing a compelling script. Based on the lessons in his award-winning class, Great Screenwriting, The Anatomy of Story draws on a broad range of philosophy and mythology, offering fresh techniques and insightful anecdotes alongside Truby's own unique approach for how to build an effective, multifaceted narrative. Truby's method for constructing a story is at once insightful and practical, focusing on the hero's moral and emotional growth. As a result, writers will dig deep within and explore their own values and worldviews in order to create an effective story. Writers will come away with an extremely precise set of tools to work with--specific, useful techniques to make the audience care about their characters, and that make their characters grow in meaningful ways. They will construct a surprising plot that is unique to their particular concept, and they will learn how to express a moral vision that can genuinely move an audience.
The foundations of story that Truby lays out are so fundamental they are applicable--and essential--to all writers, from novelists and short-story writers to journalists, memoirists, and writers of narrative non-fiction.
Publisher: New York : Faber and Faber, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780865479517
Characteristics: 445 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Dec 30, 2018

I think it's about time I read this book. I get all his e-blasts for chrissake.

indigo_lion_24 Apr 28, 2013

The author of this book shares with you a lot of great insights into what makes a story work.

However, there should be a disclaimer on every book like this: namely that this type of analysis is not the key ingredient to writing a good story, its the key ingredient to being a good story analyst.

When he quotes a story from a guy like Stephen King and says "x works in this story because King understands such and such principle" its a bit inaccurate. The main reason Stephen King and other writers write good stories is because they have great imaginations and work hard on ideas that interest them and thats mostly what it takes to write a good story folk!

May 05, 2011

Enjoyed this a lot, in the midst of editing my own novel, so renewed a couple of times. Need to buy my own copy I guess.


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