Truby and the World of Story

The world of story, John Truby explains in “The Anatomy of Story”, is “a complex and detailed web in which each element has story meaning and is in some way a physical expression of the character web and especially of the hero.” He uses the term “condenser-expander”, because the story world condenses meaning and then gradually expands it into the minds of the audience, like subliminal messages working in the background. Like we say in SpecOps jargon, you must try to conquer the “hearts and minds” of your audience, and with the right world for your story, you do just that.

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Truby and the Premise of Premises

The premise of many lives expressed visually.

John Truby, in his excellent “The Anatomy of Story”, teaches us that every story has a premise: the story itself expressed in a single sentence. His premise is that a weak premise implies a weak story.

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