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) / Lisa Cron.
By: Cron, Lisa [author.].Material type: TextPublisher: Berkeley : Ten Speed Press, Copyright date: ©2016Edition: First edition.Description: 280 pages ; 21 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781607748892.Subject(s): English language -- Rhetoric | Fiction -- Authorship | Fiction -- Technique | Characters and characteristics in literature | Creative writingAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Story geniusDDC classification: 808.3
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
Following on the heels of Lisa Cron's breakout first book, Wired for Story , this writing guide reveals how to use cognitive storytelling strategies to build a scene-by-scene blueprint for a riveting story .<br> <br> Story Genius is a foolproof program that saves writers from penning hundreds of pages only to realize that something's not working and they have to start again. Informed by story consultant Lisa Cron's science-based insights into how story structure is built into the architecture of the brain, this guide shows writers how to plumb the nitty-gritty details of their raw idea to organically generate a story scene by scene. Once writers reach the end of Cron's program, they will have both a blueprint that works and plenty of compelling writing suitable for their finished novel--allowing them to write forward with confidence.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
What a story is, and what it isn't -- Creating the inside story -- Creating an external gauntlet to spur your protaganist's internal struggle.
"Following on the heels of Lisa Cron's breakout first book, Wired for Story, this writing guide reveals how to use cognitive storytelling strategies to build a scene-by-scene blueprint for a riveting story. It's every novelist's greatest fear: pouring their blood, sweat, and tears into writing hundreds of pages only to realize that their story has no sense of urgency, no internal logic, and so is a page one rewrite. The prevailing wisdom in the writing community is that there are just two ways around this problem: pantsing (winging it) and plotting (focusing on the external plot). Story coach Lisa Cron has spent her career discovering why these these methods don't work and coming up with a powerful alternative, based on the science behind what our brains are wired to crave in every story we read (and it's not what you think). In Story Genuis Cron takes you, step-by-step, through the creation of a novel from the first glimmer of an idea, to a complete multilayered blueprint--including fully realized scenes--that evolves into a first draft with the authority, richness, and command of a riveting sixth or seventh draft"-- Provided by publisher.
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Table of contents provided by Syndetics
- Introduction (p. 1)
- Part I What a Story Is, and What It Isn't
- 1 Story: The Brains Decoder Ring (p. 9)
- 2 Myths Galore: Everything We Were Taught About Writing Is Wrong
- Part II Creating the Inside Story
- 3 The What If? Expectation, Broken! (p. 35)
- 4 The Who: Whose Life Will You Utterly Upend? (p. 53)
- 5 The Why: Why, Exactly, Does Your Protagonist Care? (p. 67)
- 6 The Worldview: Your Protagonists, That Is (p. 85)
- 7 What Next? The Beauty of Cause and Effect (p. 105)
- 8 The When: An Offer Your Protagonist Can't Refuse (But Probably Wants To) (p. 123)
- Part III Creating an External Gauntlet to Spur Your Protagonist's Internal Struggle
- 9 The Opening: Of Your Novel and of the Story Genius Blueprinting System (p. 147)
- 10 The Real "Aha!" Moment: Where Will Your Story End? (p. 165)
- 11 Building Your Blueprint: How to Keep Track of All the Moving Parts (p. 187)
- 12 Going Back to Move Forward: How to Harvest the Past to Set Up the Plot (p. 195)
- 13 Story Logic: Making Sure Each "What" Has a "Why" (p. 209)
- 14 The Secret to Layering-. Subplots, Storylines, and Secondary Characters (p. 223)
- 15 Writing Forward: Stories Grow in Spirals (p. 245)
- Acknowledgments (p. 269)
- Endnotes (p. 271)
- About the Author (p. 275)
- Index (p. 276)