The Anatomy of Story

The Anatomy of Story

22 Steps to Becoming A Master Storyteller

Book - 2007
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"If you're ready to graduate from the boy-meets-girl league of screenwriting, meet John Truby . . . [his lessons inspire] epiphanies that make you see the contours of your psyche as sharply as your script."
-- LA Weekly

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 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 to building an effective, multifaceted narrative.

Publisher: New York : Faber and Faber, 2007.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780865479937
Characteristics: 445 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.


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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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