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

By (author) John Truby

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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.

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  • Paperback | 445 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 25.4mm | 362.87g
  • 30 Jan 2009
  • FABER & FABER
  • New York
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0865479933
  • 9780865479937
  • 7,660

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John Truby is Hollywood's premier 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 screenwriting to students worldwide.

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"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 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 /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"

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