How to Write a Freaking Amazing Story (Based on Brain Science) — Wired For Story by Lisa Cron

Sarah Cy
20 min readFeb 6, 2019

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About Wired For Story

Lisa Cron, author of Story Genius (a book that changed my life), began her teaching-storywriting-through-books career with Wired for Story, a book on how to write a captivating story.

Using tips from neuroscience and her experience as a writing coach and teacher, Cron shows aspiring novelists what REALLY makes a great story (hint: it’s probably not what you think) 😉

Introduction

“Writers can change the way people think simply by giving them a glimpse of life through their character’s eyes.” — Lisa Cron

Cron begins by saying story is more important to our survival and evolution than what we think. It allows us to imagine and prepare for the future.

We’re wired to turn to story to teach us how the world works.

But to write an effective story, writers must meet people’s hardwired expectations. There’s a framework for this.

Good writing is easy to read…but hard to WRITE.

A good story first anesthetizes the part of the brain that wonders how it’s creating this illusion of reality.

A good story doesn’t feel like an illusion…it feels like life.

In a compelling story, the parts of our brain for senses like smell, taste, etc, actually light up. (1/6/09 research on PhysOrg.com: “Readers build vivid mental simulations of narrative situations, brain scans suggest)

This book will teach you how. But you must be dead honest with yourself, as if you were judging someone else’s book.

Chapter 1 How to Hook the Reader

“Most people know what a story is until they sit down to write one.” — Flannery O’Connor

From the first sentence, the reader must want to knnow what happens next.

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Sarah Cy

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