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

“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.

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  1. The moral of the story is… After reading this the first, i found myself rather skeptical of the instruction this provided. It urged the author to first design the character and to pick a character flaw that he will resolve. Every other facet of the story will spring from that choice including who the other characters are,what the plot will be, the story world. Truby calls it an organic approach but i found myself disagreeing with this assessment, it feels artificial to me. He also devoted a section to the moral of the…

  2. Strong reccomendation, if you write (novels, too) you should get this book. Well, it took me long enough to get around to reading and reviewing this.I have some favorites out there when it comes to writing (Shawn Coyne, Steve Pressfield, Larry Brooks) and I’d been pretty well versed in outlining and structure. I work in novel writing as opposed to scripts, so I didn’t think I needed to add this to my list.I was wrong. I learned so much and I highly recommend this book.A couple things were real eye-openers to me.If…

  3. Best by far for novel or screen writers I have spent a lot of money on screenwriting and novel writing books. I have had recommendations for books that were different, or foolproof; formula based, character based, plot based, etc. In my experience, the screenwriting books do it better than the novel writing ones, but it still takes some searching to find something really useful. I first used John Truby’s book for a screenplay I was writing. I followed the first few chapters religiously and discovered I was solving problems I didn’t…

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