The Anatomy of Story

The Anatomy of Story

22 Steps to Becoming A Master Storyteller

Book - 2007 | 1st ed
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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 in it he shares all his secrets for writing a compelling script. Based on the lessons in his class, Great Screenwriting, The Anatomy of Story draws on a broad range of concepts and archetypes from philosophy and mythology, offering techniques and anecdotes alongside Truby's own unique approach to building an effective, multifaceted narrative." "Truby's method of constructing a story is at once perceptive and practical, focusing on the hero's moral and emotional growth. Writers will dig deep within and explore their own values and worldview in order to create an effective story. They will come away with a precise set of tools to employ - specific techniques to make the audience care about their characters. They will learn how to make their characters grow in meaningful ways, how to construct surprising plots that are unique to their particular concepts, and how to express a moral vision that can move an audience." "The foundations of story that Truby lays out are so fundamental that they are applicable - and essential - to all writers, from novelists and short story writers to journalists, memoirists, and writers of narrative nonfiction."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: New York : Faber and Faber, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780865479937 (pbk.)
0865479518 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780865479517 (hardcover : alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 808.543 TRU
Characteristics: 445 p. : ill. ; 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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