John Truby's Anatomy of Story is a brilliant book to read if you're just getting into writing for film or television. He goes deep into detail about the many different types of stories and how to keep the reader or viewer on the edge of their seat the entire time. If you're looking for a book to teach you and give you new ideas and inspiration, there is no book I recommend more than this.
"If you're ready to graduate from the boy-meets-girl league of screenwriting, meet John Truby . . . [his lessons inspire] epiphanies that make you see the contours of your psyche as sharply as your script."--LA Weekly John Truby is one of the most respected and sought-after story consultants in the film industry, and his students have gone on to pen some of Hollywood's most successful films, includingSleepless in Seattle, Scream, and Shrek. The Anatomy of Storyis his long-awaited first book, and it shares all his secrets for writing a compelling script. Based on the lessons in his award-winning class, Great Screenwriting,The Anatomy of Story draws on a broad range of philosophy and mythology, offering fresh techniques and insightful anecdotes alongside Truby's own unique approach to building an effective, multifaceted narrative.