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

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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 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.
 

About Lisa Cron

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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.
 
Published July 10, 2012 by Ten Speed Press. 272 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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It's all in the story, folks, and genetically based because humans have needed stories in order to survive.

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STORY SECRET: A story's job is to put the protagonist through tests that, even in her wildest dreams, she doesn't think she can pass."

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Books on the craft of writing generally fall into two categories: how to write well and how to tell a story well.

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Most books guide you in creating the structure of framework for a story and yet here, we get down to brass tacks on how to steer your plot, theme, and characters in a way that pulls readers in, thanks to the help of neuroscience.

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Books on the craft of writing generally fall into two categories: how to write well and how to tell a story well.

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I think I love you.Your book alone would have won me over, but the fact that you love Mr. Northman *drools* and are reading the brilliant JR Ward...mmm...well, I am quite certain you and I were made for each other :)Congrats on your book!

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