The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller
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.
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
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
John Truby is a story consultant who has worked with various Hollywood screenplays. He breaks down the components of a good story and explains what works and why, followed by many examples, both from screenplays and literature. At the end of each chapter, he presents an exercise to appl...more
Writers can be a stubborn, superstitious lot, especially if they've EVER been published. Getting someone who doesn't map out her story structure to try to do it can be darn near impossible. Somehow it’s an affront to her creativity, an insult to her style, and the worst kind of cage in which you are trying to trap her.
But it’s not. Not if you have Truby to guide you.
To say I recommend this book is an understatement. My...more
On a second note it made me realize a lot about myself as a reader too, and why some stories and the way they are being told simply don't work for me. A few examples would be, when the...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
Like most writers of writing books, John Truby hasn't really achieved any of the...more
Okay, I'm a little further along. Wh...more
As I was reading, there were several times where I thought the ideas Truby discusses are excellent, but a little stilting if the reader follows each and every step as if it is gospel. The r...more
Truly revolutionary, with a "formula" flexible enough to encompass nearly any story without feeling, well, formulaic. If you're bored with the three-act structure or struggle to really integrate aspects of "traditional" story plotting, Truby's approach is...more
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Most of them were rubbish, but Truby's bible stands out like a naked man in the sky.
Seriously, his insight into compelling storytelling and his practical approach make story learning the funnest skill in the universe.
What I luv about this book :
it comes with tons of storytelling examples
it has practical exercises and summary points
it has good, clear structure that makes looking things up again a joy.
Truby's the man, and it helps that he...more