This is work from a true master of story structure. Truby's been teaching writers for more than two decades. It's always been an in person class with some people xeroxing notes for others. He's never published before now.
Truby's work is invaluable if you want to write a well structured story with realistic characters possessing clear and logical motivations.
The book shows some of the vast array of writer's tools available to create rich and compelling stories.
All of the book is invaluable. For me, the highlight is the 22 steps, outlined in detail.
If you can't describe your hero's problem, need, desire and understand how her desire changes over the life of the story, then stop reading me and start reading John Truby.
Definitly, one... if not,THE best book I ever read on the subject. Take my word. I mostly read in french (not a lot of real writer) but this book is a must. I don't like to leave this kind of commentary but I do it to help you see over the load of books on the subject. I already read more than 20 books on the subject. This is one the best. Just...Try it.
Have all the other big books on this stuff (also highly recommend "The Art of Dramatic Writing" by Lajos Egri); Truby's book is another one that takes a different approach than the traditional 3-act structure.
If you go through each section and work on your story/script until you've made it bulletproof, this is really helpful. Had to shoot down my first 4 script attempts partway through the process, but now I've got something that is concise and solid, and each of the previous attempts helped make this much stronger. Taking some time, but I think much better to spend it early on rather than try to rewrite an entire script or book.
Overall a really solid approach--focuses on the relationships within the story rather than hitting certain structure points.
If you only plan on buying one book (ha!) to help with your writing, let this be the one. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars. That being said, it is such a monumental undertaking to structure your story using his guidelines that it's pretty darn daunting. I have felt like an ant preparing to undertake a walk around the globe but, have a few less miles to go now.
Novice writers may find their eyes rolling around in their heads but don't feel bad - experienced writers feel the same way! If you want to write a multi-structured, textured, vastly engaging book, buy this one first. Think of it as a doctoral thesis for your novel or screenplay.
Having bought and read that other book....whose name now escapes me (it's about the same size and better known), I got very little from it. Took a gamble on this one and it paid off handsomely. Excellent reference and well-presented information about how to structure and write a script. Yes, I've also had the paper-backs in writing, and this one trumps those.
This book is my writing bible! Honestly, this is one of the most thourough, complete and professionnal writing book I've ever read! If you want to write an organic story based on a character, this book will tell you how to create a solid, multi-layered character! The book also covers all the aspects of the story based on the character's progression. Just amazing!
This is a fantastic resource, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in story structure. However, it's important for anyone considering the ebook to note that the ebook does not include the worksheets at the end of each chapter, which are a big part of the usefulness of the book. I highly recommend purchasing the physical book rather than the ebook.
Unique tutorial on story craft. This formula completely upends the three-act formula that we were taught in high school and at every level thereafter. I'm looking forward to retooling something I'm working on right now to see how this changes my processes. Definitely worth the read. Very detailed, interactive, and with references to familiar stories.
Completely mindblowing and that's not an understatement. John Truby simply is the absolute screenwriting doctor and professor. The expression "must-have" applies a 100% to this book. I wish I could get its hardcover edition though. Treat this Bible with respect!