Review – The Anatomy of Story

The Anatomy Of Story
by John Truby
There are dozens and dozens of fantastic books on writing techniques, but no matter how many tomes you devour, there always seems to be something missing.

After reading nearly 200 books on writing, there was always one question left in my mind: “So how do you tell a fantastic story?”

When I discovered “The Anatomy Of Story” tucked between other writing books at the bookstore late in 2007, it seemed like just another book at the end of a long, long line of books on storytelling techniques.

Then I opened it and began to read…

Absolutely The Best Book There Is On Writing Techniques
The Anatomy Of Story is the best book ever written on storytelling techniques. John Truby is the Einstein of writers. Now, I can take my entire library of writing books (200?) and I can throw them away. The Anatomy Of Story is ten times more powerful than the entire combined knowledge in my library.

Why is this book so powerful?

Ninety percent of your success as a writer depends upon how good your writing is.

Writing Isn’t Easy
Writing a story is one of the most complex things you will ever do. But how can you consistently tell great stories without getting bogged down in all the myriad details of plot, characterisation, setting, etc.?

Story Structure
Oak trees have a large system of roots underground. Some types of bamboo spend three years building a root system under the earth before they even sprout, but when they do, they grow very quickly.

When they build a skyscraper, where do you think they start? Skyscrapers require a tremendous amount of preparation because if something goes wrong, it could be a disaster.

To build a skyscraper, they need to spend a lot of time building a proper foundation. The Petronas Tower in Malaysia is almost sixteen hundred feet tall. Its foundation is 394 feet deep.

They spent an enormous amount of time working on the foundation because they know that structural problems can create huge issues down the road.

According to John Truby, ninety percent of screenplays and eighty percent of novels are rejected because of poor structure.

This means that one of the most important things you will ever learn as a writer is how to structure a story.

Structure Is NOT Formula
Most writers are afraid to figure out their stories in advance. Most likely, this is because no one really knows how to design a story properly.

The Anatomy Of Story
This book will show you how to develop a premise, it will teach you the Seven Steps Of Classical Story Structure, it will show you how to set up characters with weaknesses and value systems, it will show you how to multiply the conflict of your story, and it will show you how to create an emotionally charged story that will draw your audience into a hypnotic trance.

This book contains dozens of techniques for writers, but more than a book on writing tips, The Anatomy Of Story will show you exactly how to set up an organic story from page one.

If you want to be a writer, you MUST get this book.

– Mark O’Bannon


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