So, what makes a story good? It’s easy to tell from a reader’s perspective, but it can be elusive from the writer’s perspective. Yet putting together a good story is often the best way to get your point across.
In Wired for Story, Lisa Cron ties brain science to writing in order to help us better understand the craft and how to master it. And though the book is focused on writing fiction, the lessons are far more broadly applicable.
How to hook the reader, how to zero in on your point, and resonating with the reader’s emotions are good examples of lessons that can be broadly applied. Each chapter focuses on such a lesson, explaining one “cognitive secret” and how that translates into a “story secret” when properly applied.
The book is written in an engaging and entertaining style and reads at a quick pace. It’s well-structured to flow smoothly on the first read through and for easy reference in the future. Read it. Enjoy it. Tell better stories.