Wired for Story

Wired for Story
Genre: Business
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
ISBN: 9781607742456

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.

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About the Book

About the book:

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.

My thoughts:

There are lots of books about writing but none of them come close to Wired for Story. Lisa Cron does a fantastic job of breaking down the elements of a story through a neuroscience lens. For writers, it’s not about guessing what a reader will like, it’s about manipulating them through they way they are wired. For readers, it’s about understanding the “why” behind getting drawn into a story. This book does a superb job of digging into the details of stories using current neuroscientific research to justify ideas and positions. But the book is so much more than just an exploration into the whys and hows of stories. It also provides practical advice to writers who are looking for more than just the standard “show, don’t tell” writerly advice. Written for both writers, would-be-writers, and those who appreciate stories, this book should be a fixture on everyone’s bookshelf.

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