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The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller Paperback – October 14, 2008

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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 clichés. 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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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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  • Item Weight : 12.5 ounces
  • ISBN-10 : 0865479933
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0865479937
  • Paperback : 464 pages
  • Product Dimensions : 5.43 x 0.88 x 8.3 inches
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st Edition (October 14, 2008)
  • Language: : English
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