Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere) 1st Edition

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"Using brain science, Cron busts the myths of good writing to help you find the real story behind all that plot and metaphor."
-- The Writer

"In [Cron's] new book, Story Genius, she picks up the. . . theme. . . that a protagonist’s internal struggle makes the story work, and offers step-by-step advice on how to exploit this truth about neuroscience for richer, deeper, better first drafts. . . .Cron provides exercises and examples to keep writers on track, always highlighting the fact that emotions engage the brain faster than anything else. . . .The concepts are easy to understand and they are certainly important. Even if you can’t go on a retreat, you should try to find time to do the exercises for your own blueprint."
-- PsychologyToday.com

"It’s a simple question: 'How do you write an effective, engaging story?' Ask Lisa Cron. An accomplished author and story coach, she has just published her second book, Story Genius. A manual of sorts, it teaches cognitive storytelling strategies and uses actual brain science to help make its readers into better writers."
-- Creative Screenwriting

"Cron, author of Wired for Story, proposes this new book as the answer to the question, What’s the biggest mistake writers make? She uses psychology and other sciences to explain what makes an utterly compelling story and how to write one. . . .Novice writers looking for a step-by-step guide to how to build—or fix—their novel might find a lot of useful information in here. . ."
-- Publishers Weekly

"Lost in the quagmire of trying to write a novel? Well, forget everything you've ever been told about story, because chances are, it's totally wrong. So where to turn? Story guru Cron not only gives you the skinny on why and how stories work (and why and how we respond to them), she also shows you how to craft a novel step by step, working with author Jenny Nash from the germ of an idea to a living, breathing story. I'd never consider writing a novel without Lisa's input, and neither should you."
-- Caroline Leavitt, New York Times best-selling author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You

About the Author

LISA CRON is the author of Wired for Story and Story Genius. Her TEDx talk, Wired for Story opened Furman University's 2014 TEDx Conference, Stories: The CommonThread of Our Humanity. Lisa has worked in publishing at W.W. Norton, as an agent at the Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency, as a producer on showsfor Showtime and Court TV, and as a story analyst for Warner Brothersand the William Morris Agency. Since 2006 she has been an instructor inthe UCLA Extension Writers' Program, and she is on the faculty of theSchool of Visual Arts MFA Program in Visual Narrative in New York City.She is a frequent presenter at writers conferences, universities andschools nationwide, and in her work as a story coach Lisa helpsnovelists, screenwriters and journalists wrangle the story they want totell onto the page.

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2.0 out of 5 stars May be useful for some writers, but wasn't for me
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3.0 out of 5 stars The first two chapters on neural hardwiring for storytelling are useful, the rest less so
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5.0 out of 5 stars and it doesn't disappoint. I was pleasantly surprised by Cron's approach
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books on Character Arc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on writing I've read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really useful
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4.0 out of 5 stars The science of writing fiction
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book about how to write story I've ever bought
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