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The Anatomy of Story : 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller - John Truby

The Anatomy of Story

22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller

Paperback Published: 28th October 2008
ISBN: 9780865479937
Number Of Pages: 445

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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. John Truby is Hollywood's premiere 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 his 22-Step Great Screenwriting and Genre classes to over 20,000 students worldwide. John Truby is one of the most respected and sought-after story consultants in the film industry. His students have gone on to pen some of Hollywood's most successful films, including "Sleepless in Seattle," "Scream, " and "Shrek." His first book, "The Anatomy of Story" is about the process of 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 and offers techniques and anecdotes alongside Truby's own approach to developing 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 explore their own values and worldviews in order to create an effective story. Truby provides a precise set of tools--specific, useful techniques to make the audience care about their characters, and that make their characters grow in meaningful ways. Writers will learn to 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 applicable to all writers, from novelists and short-story writers to journalists, memoirists, and writers of narrative non-fiction. "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" "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
""A veritable bible for screenwriters."--"Backstage
"""The Anatomy Of Story" is concrete and practical without resorting to simplistic 'Three Act Structure' screenwriting cliches. 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 and co-producer of "Beetlejuice "and co-writer of "The Addams Family
""Hollywood story consultant Truby commits his vast knowledge of screenwriting and storytelling to the page in this handy guide for aspiring writers of all types. Truby delves into the setup, from basic structure to the premise and the depth behind it. From there, he moves into character, emphasizing the importance of not only the hero but also the characters in the story who aid and oppose him. Truby illustrates the importance of setting to the story and how careful plotting is needed to weave the elements of the story together. He cautions that plot is not incidental and requires careful management and timely revelations. Although most of his examples are from movies, such as "Tootsie," "The Godfather," and "Star Wars," Truby also draws from novels and plays, and his advice is applicable not only to the hopeful screenwriter but to the aspiring novelist as well. A comprehensive guide to writing stories of all kinds, Truby's tome is invaluable to any writer looking to put an idea to paper."--Kristine Huntley, "Booklist"

Industry Reviews

"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 clich s. 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

Required reading for story tellers

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This book has given me a basic framework to start my own writing but also giving me a different way of viewing story telling

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Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Story Space, Story Timep. 3
Premisep. 16
The Seven Key Steps of Story Structurep. 39
Characterp. 56
Moral Argumentp. 108
Story Worldp. 145
Symbol Webp. 220
Plotp. 258
Scene Weavep. 326
Scene Construction and Symphonic Dialoguep. 373
The Never-Ending Storyp. 418
Notesp. 423
Indexp. 425
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ISBN: 9780865479937
ISBN-10: 0865479933
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 445
Published: 28th October 2008
Publisher: FABER & FABER
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 14.1  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1

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