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

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

by John Truby
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The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Diogeneia More than 1 year ago
The Truby Method Provides The Bones On Which To Hang The Flesh Of Your Story. 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 own dog-eared copy is filled with notes and highlights and will soon need replaced from excessive use. I recommend it because Truby makes good on his promises to do the following: • “Show that a great story is organic—not a machine but a living body that develops • “Treat storytelling as an exacting craft with precise techniques that will help you be successful, regardless of the medium or genre you choose • “Work through a writing process that is also organic, meaning that we will develop characters and plot that grow naturally out of your original story idea” Truby’s methods will not stifle your creativity in any way. That’s part of what “organic” means. In fact, going through his exercises has become a way for me to emerge from writer’s block. I can’t rightly say I’ve even had writer’s block since discovering this book two years ago. This book is not perfect. I wish he would update some of his examples. I’d like to see a glossary of terms as well. I believe Truby expects writers who come to his book to already have some background or education in writing, but in the world of writing books, that’s not always going to be the case. These are just a few things he can do to make the book more accessible to new or young writers.  I’m not going to sugarcoat it, though. You’re going to have to put in a lot of work to get the most out of this book. It’s pointless just to read through it and not do the exercises. The exercises in this book require DOING (not just reading or skimming) in order to really understand how Truby’s concepts can help you. Don’t trust any reviewer who scored this book low and admitted to not doing the exercises. I often wonder if these folks are really just afraid of the work. I don’t blame them—this is masters work, easily graduate school level. If you are a new writer and/or without some background or education in writing, I recommend starting with STRUCTURING YOUR NOVEL by K.M. Weiland first, and once you are comfortable with it, then diving into Truby’s work. Weiland’s book is much more accessible to the newbie writer.  In summary, this book lives up to its promises—if you put in the work. Its complex concepts won’t always seem clear upon the first reading, but working through the exercises at the end of each chapter will help make them clear. If you apply them all to your work on a single story, you will build a repository of story elements that you can refer to like a map as you write. In the end, you’ll have a great story with organic elements and a solid structure. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truby does a very thorough job of explaining how stories are structured. This one of the best books I have found on storytelling. He describes the fundamentals clearly and then give easy to understand examples of his points. I am savoring every page.
BookloverCL More than 1 year ago
Genius. Truby transforms the way you think about story and he gives you the tools to do it. I've taken his seminar a few times, which was also invaluable. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, easy to read helped a lot.
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A must - read for writers of fiction, this book codifies the requirements of a compelling story, guiding the thinking and planning process without making it feel like you're following a formula. 99% of writer's block can be resolved by finding which of the 7/22 steps you haven't thought through.
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I'm Pissed off that I can't down load this book and run through my computer to read it out load. Please fix this and allow me to down load this book.