Entering The Second Year Of Fiendish Writing

    
   
                       
I've read Campbell, I've read Hague, I've read Snyder, I've read Lumet.  The names listed bring a tremendous wealth of experience and knowledge to the table.  For various reasons and in various ways, they've proven instrumental in guiding Exchange along a new and enlightened path. But for Exchange, John Truby takes it to an entirely new level.  The depth and analysis are equal to Joseph Campbell's Hero of a Thousand Faces, but applied in a real-world technical way that is unmatched.  Truby's technique gets into your head so that you can get into your character's heads.  As Exchange continues to delve into fits of writing madness, he again found himself immersed in Truby's tutelage.  This time there's homework of studying the greats led by Truby's The Great Movies: Why They Work.  My margins are saturated with notes, my highlights are circled and underlined.  As I continue writing my own stories, both film and novel, I have used this new resource in addition to The Anatomy of Story to take what has been shown to work, and rework it with my own artistic interpretation.  I've never felt more structured and analytical in a way that allows me to freely express myself emotionally.