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The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller Kindle Edition
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.
"Truby attempts to inform the entire story, addressing plot, character, tone, symbolism, and dialog. The key here is to grow a script organically rather than force the story into preexisting mechanics . . . Highly recommended." --Library Journal
"A comprehensive guide to writing stories of all kinds, Truby's tome is invaluable to any writer looking to put an idea to paper." --Booklist
"The Anatomy Of Story is concrete and practical without resorting to simplistic 'Three Act Structure' screenwriting clichés. It will be an indispensable guide to writing your first great script. Then, the perfect survival manual to help you negotiate the often confusing, contradictory and cutthroat world of professional screenwriting." --Larry Wilson, co-writer /co-producer of BEETLEJUICE and co-writer of THE ADDAMS FAMILY
"A veritable bible for screenwriters." --Backstage
"If you're ready to graduate from the boy-meets-girl league of screenwriting, meet John Truby . . . [His lessons draw] epiphanies that make you see the contours of your psyche as sharply as your script." --LA Weekly--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
John Truby is Hollywood's premier story consultant and founder of Truby's Writers Studio. He has worked as a story consultant and script doctor for Disney Studios, Sony Pictures, FOX, and HBO, among others, and has taught screenwriting to students worldwide.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B0052Z3M8A
- Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st edition (14 October 2008)
- Language : English
- File size : 7148 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 461 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 34,163 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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My only complaint is that I wish there were more modern examples used (while the classics are classics for a reason, I unfortunately didn’t know many of the story examples he used). But that’s part of the fun - seeking out these stories to enjoy them from a new and improved point of view.
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I found this book's handling of the central characters problem/weakness/need/desire better than any other. Truby also zero's in on the key plot elements, character types, and goes a step further. For example he talks not just about the the ally but the fake or opponent ally. I actually found the insights here on story revealing about psychology in general.
The top rated negative review is imo, quite a distraction from the point of the book, which is a criticism on gender pronouns. This book was written in 2007 when I believe "he" was still tought as the default pronoun in the USA and this is not an essay on gender issues, nor does the author suggest heroes must be men.
My one criticism is, like other books on the subject, the hero structure outlined by Truby where he/she overcomes their fatal flaw does not always hold true. A classic counter example is Silence of the Lambs where the main character does not really have an arc - she believes the same thing at the end as at the beginning, ie. save the weak from predators. At the end she's won the battle but nothing has changed, she's saved a lamb, but there will be more. Hard to say the majority of 007 movies involve overcoming a fatal flaw. That said, there's a ton of valuable info in this book, it may be the best on the subject.
Truby presents rules for “good” stories despite so many not following them at all. Furthermore in his demonstration of boiling stories down to a simple premise, the idea being you should be able to put yours as simply, he grossly misunderstands the premise of several huge movies which does not inspire confidence.
Truby also constantly refers to theoretical protagonists as “he” and later says he does this because “it’s easier”. Kind of hard to take writing advice from so lazy a writer when “they” has existed as the word for a person of unknown gender since way before Shakespearean times. Or even just switch up the genders of your theoretical protagonists, geez.
Will be straight off to the charity shop, thanks.
When you read enough 'how to write' books (which have proliferated like mushrooms over the last two decades), it doesn't take long to see them all devolve into a copy of a copy, recycling the same ol' same ol'; usually gleamed from Robert McKee's Story, Aristhotle's Poetics etc.
For that reason I had turned against this particular cottage industry and wholesale rejected any more writings on the topic, believing every last drop had been squeezed from that lemon. That was a mistake. John Truby's book is a gift. It allows everything else that came before to be synthesised and integrated. If you're writing a novel or screenplay, reading this book is the biggest favour you could do for yourself.