OF A STORY:
22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller
Farrar, Straus, Giroux
Pub Date: 2007
PC Magazine calls John Truby “the best script
doctor in the movie industry,” and here he shares his wisdom with
"One of the leading story consultants and script doctors working in Hollywood, Truby presents a much denser and more theoretical and comprehensive take. While Snyder focuses on structure and pacing, 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. Despite its heavy nature, Truby’s book retains a practical edge through the exercises that close each chapter. Although neither book should be considered a replacement for Syd Field’s classic Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting, both are worthwhile additions to collections that feature writing advice and how-to guides. Both are recommended for large public libraries; The Anatomy of Story is highly recommended for academic libraries as
Past Endorsements and Reviews
"John Truby's Story Structure Course is a thoroughly detailed and impeccably presented education in the anatomy and psychology of any good story... an invaluable road map that I would recommend to any serious writer.
Sleepless in Seattle
“I’m not exaggerating, [Truby’s story development software] revolutionized how I work,” says Dworet. “It’s the simplest way I’ve ever found to organize notes on structure, character and theme, and carry them forward from draft to draft.”
"I think of all of them Truby's the best... his stuff cuts the deepest, and allows you to develop the most detailed structure and outline of any of the teaching methods."
--Larry Wilson, co-writer
Beetlejuice, The Addams Family