Wired for Story, by Lisa Cron

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WIRED FOR STORY: 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.
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I love Wired for Story, by Lisa Cron. Her book talks about how storytelling evolved as a way for our prehistoric ancestors to educate their kids on how to survive.

She also said the dopamine reward system, which rewards the brain for learning something new or accomplish something difficult, is a big reason people read. (Dopamine is the reason we become addicted to everything from love to cocaine.)

Once I understood that, I began to see how to use hooks and fight scenes to make readers want to keep reading.

I recommend the book highly.

Angela Knight
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