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

Lisa Cron
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“We all love a good story but most of us struggle to write them. Lisa Cron enlightens us as to how to get the job done in a savvy and engaging way.”
—Michael Gazzaniga, neuroscientist and director of the SAGE Center for the Study of Mind, University of California, Santa Barbara

“Story guru Lisa Cron unlocked my last novel for me over lunch, but if you can’t have her by your side when you’re wrestling your manuscript, the next best thing is this smart, funny, genius book about the myths, realities, and brass tacks of story. Packed with innovative tips and techniques, it's as essential to any writer as a laptop, and much more fun.”
—Caroline Leavitt, author of New York Times best seller Pictures of You

“Wired for Story reveals that stories are not only a metaphor for human striving and survival, but they are also the means by which the brain ensures that we survive. Lisa Cron translates the latest neuroscience into a master guidebook for how to write engaging, meaningful, and moving stories.”
—Elizabeth Lyon, author of Manuscript Makeover
“As a story consultant for business executives as well as artists, I am always searching for ways to convey the skill set involved in constructing a story. Wired for Story presents basic principles for harnessing the natural power of the brain to recognize and create stories in a way that is inspiring and entirely helpful.”
—Murray Nossel, PhD, founder of Narativ Inc.
“Remember when Luke has to drop the bomb into the small vent on the Death Star? The story writer faces a similar challenge of penetrating the brain of the reader. This book gives the blueprints.”
—David Eagleman, neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine and author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain


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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very Helpful for a Semi-Beginner 8. Januar 2013
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I read this book as a screenwriter, with a couple of independent movies under my belt and a stage play. So I'm not a total beginner, but at the same time I haven't produced anything of significance yet. This said, I really took away a ton of insights from this book. The whole neuro-science stuff is actually quite weak and mostly relies on pop-scientists and TED-orators like Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. Science? Not really.

Still the book is a REALLY good introduction to the craft of story-telling. I've only read a handful of books on the topic yet, still it feels like this is the one I've taken away most of yet. And yes, I've read STORY by McKee. She disagrees with McKee on some points, for example, why you shouldn't write a character's backstory too extensive(ly?). She argues, quite plausible to me, that if you start inventing stuff for your characters, that is not directly relevant to your story (e.g. your protagonist having played the piano for 12 years), it will eventually end up in the story, although it has no right of being there. Actually it's a distraction and a danger. But you fell in love with the idea of your character playing the piano so much - it creeps into your story anyways.

The best thing about the book is that the author offers many simple and elegant analogies, to otherwise complex ideas. Like unneeded story information (e.g. a superflous character) being a big elephant, wandering the halls of your story, looking for something to do (mostly damage that is).

So there's lots of good stuff here. For this low investment (in both money and time) the offered info is a real bargain. I recommend it to you and wish you all the best on your personal writer's journey.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hands down one of the best books on writing 11. Juli 2012
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I loved this book. I've read a lot of books on writing, and this has been the most useful. I was lucky enough to receive a review copy in galley form. I liked it so much, I bought an extra copy to share with others. The book is chockablock with original, sharp and accessible advice that could make all of us far more powerful at telling our stories. I measure a book by the number of underlines and dog-ears I make (handy for referencing the parts to reread), and this one is a marked up mess. That's a good thing.

If you have a story that isn't quite hanging together or is dragging in spots or is feeling stuck, this is the book for you. It will help you put your finger on why - and walk you through what to do about it.

Wired for Story has helped me fix so many things that I knew weren't quite working in my draft novel. That's critical, because as Lisa Cron has written, "Have you ever gone into a bookstore, pulled a novel off the shelf, glanced at the first page and thought, `You know, this is kind of dull, and I can't tell what it's about, but I'm sure the author tried really, really hard, and probably has something important to say, so I'm going to buy it, read it, and recommend it to all my friends?'" The answer is, of course not. That's why you need Wired for Story. It helps you write the kind of book someone will pull of the shelf and never want to put down.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen wired for story 10. September 2012
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I'm a new writer. I had a first draft and was editing it when I saw this book being discussed in the forum. I bought it on kindle and after each chapter I read I went back and checked my first draft. I found I had a lot of rewriting to do. The check list at the end of each chapter was a big help. I am not knowledgable in the quality of self help writing books but as a beginning author I would recommend this book. Its a very easy read and very clear.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Remedial and Cliched 21. Mai 2013
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If you're at the very very beginning of your writing process, the lessons in the book might be of use to you, but you should know that this information is available in countless other books and online.

And, sure, there's no foul in providing the very basics, but wrapping it in the dubious claim of "brain science" shows this book for what it is, gimmicky and basic. But don't take it from me, read the table of contents. There are 11 (very) basic ideas here, essentially a pamphlet worth of information padded into 200 pages (with a twelfth chapter that uses 30 pages to essentially say, "practice makes perfect."

If you're looking for basics, you'll do just as well (for cheaper) with Novelist's Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes or Writing Fiction Step by Step and Fiction Writer's Workshop. If you've been writing for awhile, and are looking for a good plotting book, you'll likely do better with Plot & Structure: (Techniques And Exercises For Crafting A Plot That Grips Readers From Start To Finish) (Write Great Fiction) or Elements of Fiction Writing - Plot.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Don't Read This Book... 10. Juli 2012
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Don't read this book unless you want to touch hearts and minds and move people. Lisa Cron has cracked the code on why stories matter, how your brain processes narrative, and most importantly how to craft a compelling and unforgettable story of your own.

I've gone to the McKee seminars, I've read Vogler and Truby. But I don't think I really began to understand the alchemy of storytelling until i got my hands on this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Look at Why Storytelling Works 21. September 2012
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According to WIRED FOR STORY by Lisa Cron, brain science has discovered that human beings thrive on storytelling. Stories help our brains to become prepared for possible situations that may arise in our lives in the future. Stories act as a type of practice for our brains.

WIRED FOR STORY looks at the various ways the human brain is impacted by story and walks writers through the ways to apply these important insights to crafting stories that will keep readers hooked from the very beginning. Each chapter begins with a cognitive secret and then applies this to writing a great story. I especially appreciated the chapter on theme. Cron argues that every story has a point that it is trying to make, and she gives advice on how to shape the story's meaning and communicating it in a way that isn't preachy.

WIRED FOR STORY has a lot of the same advice you'll find from almost any fiction writing book. However, it looks at storytelling from a more fundamental perspective of how our brains are designed to affected by story.

I received this book for free for review from Ten Speed Press, and the opinions contained in this review are completely my own
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