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  - Sonya.Contreras - LibraryThing

Lisa Cron wrote Wired for Story to assist authors on how people think as they read a story. It's the science behind what makes the reader continue to read. I've always heard show not tell---but Cron ... Read full review

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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

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 has worked as a literary agent, a TV producer, and a story consultant for Warner Brothers, the William Morris Agency, and many others. She is a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences, and a story coach for writers, educators, and journalists. She teaches in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts MFA in Visual Narrative Program, and is the author of Wired for Story. She splits her time between Santa Monica, California, and New York, New York.

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