Wired for Story: The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence

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Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony, Jul 10, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 272 pages
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This guide reveals how writers can utilize cognitive storytelling strategies to craft stories that ignite readers’ brains and captivate them through each plot element.

  Imagine knowing what the brain craves from every tale it encounters, what fuels the success of any great story, and what keeps readers transfixed. Wired for Story reveals these cognitive secrets—and it’s a game-changer for anyone who has ever set pen to paper.
     The vast majority of writing advice focuses on “writing well” as if it were the same as telling a great story. This is exactly where many aspiring writers fail—they strive for beautiful metaphors, authentic dialogue, and interesting characters, losing sight of the one thing that every engaging story must do: ignite the brain’s hardwired desire to learn what happens next. When writers tap into the evolutionary purpose of story and electrify our curiosity, it triggers a delicious dopamine rush that tells us to pay attention. Without it, even the most perfect prose won’t hold anyone’s interest.
     Backed by recent breakthroughs in neuroscience as well as examples from novels, screenplays, and short stories, Wired for Story offers a revolutionary look at story as the brain experiences it. Each chapter zeroes in on an aspect of the brain, its corresponding revelation about story, and the way to apply it to your storytelling right now.
 

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User Review  - alun - LibraryThing

5 stars, with a reservation. You can't say that science tells us what a good story is. Instead examples are cherry picked from neuroscience, psychology and Jonah Lehrer to make points. But they are ... Read full review

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User Review  - lbeaumont - LibraryThing

Wow! This is the book I have spent years searching for. This is the first book I have read that explains the process of storytelling. Lisa Cron has cracked the storytelling code and reveals its ... Read full review

Contents

Q What Can Go Wrong Must Go Wrong
166
Q The Roadfrom Setupto Payoff
185
MeanwhileBackattheRanch
200
Q TheWritersBrainonStory
219
Endnotes
239
Acknowledgments
251
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LISA CRON spent a decade in publishing—first at W.W. Norton then at John Muir Publications—before turning to television, where she’s been supervising producer on shows for Showtime and Court TV. She’s been a story consultant for Warner Brothers, the William Morris Agency, Village Roadshow, and Icon; an agent at the Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency; and is featured in Ask the Pros: Screenwriting. Lisa is an instructor in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.

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