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Imagine knowing what the brain craves from every tale it encounters, what fuels the success of any great story, and what keeps people 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.

©2012 Lisa Cron (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"As both a publishing veteran and a TV pro, Lisa Cron knows storytelling. In Wired for Story she shares her fascinating psychological approaches to the craft. Her fresh way of looking at the core essentials of writing has our neurons firing." ( Writer's Digest)

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Useful, but not so much as the title implies.

The overall advice seems sound. Not that different from other books of it’s kind. It’s a useful book to think about storytelling as a creator. The “psychology” part of it is a bit of gimmick, in my opinion. There are tidbits, but probably nothing you don’t already know if you are a storyteller. They are tiny tidbits, however, that begin each chapter. Just enough to think, “oh right, this book is supposed to be about how the brain is wired for story” (a phrase also used over and over to remind us).

I didn’t love the performance of the reading. It was dis tracting slow for me. I played it at 1.25x or 1.5x speed just to make it a normal pace for me (and I’m from the south! Hehe)

It’s useful info, though. Seems on par, I would say.

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Great details to be aware of.

I received so many jewels from this material. A++ layouts and areas of writing to avoid, ensuring your book will be read completely.

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Sometimes a bit overconfident in her opinions

The narrator is intolerable at normal speed, but fine if you speed her up to 1.25.
Some great advice in here. Then there's some that I mostly agree with but is over-stated. (One hopes for effect.) For example: "Who's right? The writer or the reader? The reader, every time."
Try writing this way for ten readers; try doing it for a hundred. Try writing this way for a hundred thousand readers. You'll write nothing at all. Stupid absolutist advice. The writer is the architect of the story. The reader is the builder of it. Confusing blueprints are horrible, yes. But there are also bad builders out there who could butcher the plans for a lean-to.
That said, I found this book worth my time.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Shaw
  • Long Beach CA, United States
  • 02-26-18

a bit yo fast not very clear on the topics, realy

a bit yo fast not very clear on the topics, realy stick on my mind.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful