The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller
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That said, the book definitely assumes the reader is writing a story of their own. There's a lot of "consider if anything on this list applies to your story." The parts on world-building and symbols might be less interesting to non-writers.
There's a YouTube channel I adore called Lessons from the Screenplay, which is basically the video version of the book. I suggest watching a couple of these, and if you want to learn more, go ahead and read the book. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fg0kn...(less)
No doubt the steady appetite for books pushing writing to formula motivated the misleading subtitle of The Anatomy of Story. But there is no 22 step ...more
The book breaks stories down to seven basic steps:
1. Problem/Need - The problem is what the character is dealing with as the story opens. The need comes from the character's weaknesses. The weakness is something that is ruining the character's life. The need comes out of the weakness. The weakness/need is the wellspring of the story.
2. De ...more
It's a how-to guide basically, for people who want to be writers (particularly screenwriters). There was lots of good advice and insight. The pages are littered with story breakdowns, concepts, and techniques. It dug right into the meat of the matter of storytelling, but to be honest 'Anatomy of a Story' really did come off like little more than an autopsy at some points.
And that's ...more
ایده های داستان نویسی آن بسیار خوب و حائز اهمیت بود. ولی به درد نوشتن داستان کوتاه نمی خورد. شبکه معنایی و نماد های آن بسیار مو شکافانه و دقیق و خب البته دانستن آنها خالی از لطف نیست. در مجموع کتاب خوب و قوی بود
Okay, I'm a little further along. Wh ...more
This is arguably one of the only books necessary for learning the art of Storytelling. John Truby begins this book by simultaneously praising and denouncing Aristotle's Poetics. He mentions that Aristotle perpetuates vague terms like "rising action" or "climax." In actuality, this makes it difficult for writers to apply. This kind of theorizing leaves little impact or support for those who are actually attempting to write. Along those lines, this theorizing tends to be streamlined while teaching...more
Some key things are, though. Truby's instruction to come up with a designing principle is very important, but he can't for the life of him nail down what a designing principle is. He starts wit ...more
Thus starts 400 pages of practical tips on how to structure and design a great story. The book can't possibly have every last bit of advice on how to write a screenplay, but this is by far the best foundational text I've seen out there. I have not read "Save the Cat!" but I've read McKee's "Story," and I ...more
I've been writing my first novel while reading this book, which has made for an interesting reflective process. As I have covered the theory in Truby I've ...more
L'ho trovato molto utile. Ho riempito pagine di appu ...more
I received this book as a gift from Mia at Against Idleness and Mischief. I had never heard of this book, or of John Truby, unsurprising considering I had never delved into non-fiction books on writing fiction.
The Anatomy of Story is a detailed step by step guide on how to write fiction. It is difficult to go into detail about the contents because there is just so much information from cover to cover. I thoroughly enjo ...more
He offers in-depth ways of structuring your book, breaking each part down into steps that will challenge you as a writer. I found it most useful for breaking down preconceived ...more
How a Designing Principle is different from a Premise is very vague, almost metaphysical, and examples don't really help. This isn't to say there is no difference, but just how they are different and how to create a Designing Principle needed to be more clearly explained.
On the, whole, howev ...more
I mean they are familiar enough, but he references Tootsie throughout the book. and I have not read it, or watched it and it doesn't sound in any way awesome at all, and that makes me question, exactly how valid is this guy's advice?
but he' ...more
The most powerful point made in this book is that of the importance of structure. Trust argues that you shouldn't even begin to write until you have gone over the structure so many times that it's engrained in your brain. Perfect it. The dialogue is the last thing you touch. This point was revelatory to me and I benefited from it greatly. The book is not particularly helpful in the particulars such as dialogue and pacing, but it is helpful in aiding your p ...more