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Hear directly from screenwriting analyst John Truby. Truby is a screenwriter, director and teacher who has served as a consultant on over 1,000 film scripts over the past three decades, and is also known for the screenwriting book, 2007's "The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller."  He also created the software program Blockbuster (originally "Storyline Pro").


  • The biggest problem in popular story today (specifically for screenplay)
  • The #1 misconception writers have about selling their script
  • Why narrative drive is the most important aspect of ANY story you write. (Nail this and 80% of your work is done!)
  • Strategies used by 
    • J.R.R. Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings, and 
    • Suzanne Collins in the Hunger Games trilogy that create blockbuster stories.  
  • The single most important set of Plot Techniques for professional storytelling
  • Why the hero’s journey and 3-act structure won’t begin to do the job at the professional level
  • The one story element Hollywood looks for in a script that’s more important than all other story elements combined
  • How to create a Desire Line that MAXIMIZES the narrative drive
  • Where 99% of stories fail - and why
  • The all-important connection between Narrative Drive and Opponent (no one else in story is teaching this, though this is one of my favorite techniques which can make or destroy a novel)
  • Why adequate Conflict is one of the keys to great Narrative Drive (and the component that gives you the ability to accelerate it towards the finish line)
  • How Narrative Drive changes based on your Genre 
  • Which Characters promote Narrative Drive, and which don’t (knowing this, you can put your focus on the 20% that is going to make 80% of the difference to the power of your story) 
  • Why Story World is the biggest enemy of Narrative Drive, and yet a VITAL component to your voice… and then knowing how to make them work together for maximum impact 
  • How to create Plot that increases narrative drive

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