Perhaps some were subconscious beliefs, built from hearing and reading stories all my life, but many are techniques I have learned through schooling, classes at the U of M, writing seminars and reading a stack of books on the craft of writing, higher than my head.
Well none of those years of learning and reading can beat the workshop I just attended, given by Lisa Cron.
First of all, Lisa has a list of impressive credentials. You can find those out for yourself here at her website.
Lisa discusses the latest advances in neuroscience that has revealed how our brains are hardwired for story. I know, this sounds like a psychology class you don’t want to sit through, but really, this is an amazing piece of information that I encourage you to learn. May I be so bold to say it will change your writing LIFE.
Story is the language of the brain – Lisa teaches:
• How – and why – story and the brain developed in tandem.
• Why we use story, and not facts, to make sense of the world.
• What it is that gives story it’s unparalleled power.
• What the brain craves in every story it hears.
• How to create stories that hook readers from the very first sentence.
• How to create stories capable of moving people to action.
Ok this sort of sounds like all the other writing techniques you’ve heard others promise. “Read my book – you’ll learn how to become a best-selling author!” -that kind of junk. I promise you, this is not like that. This is the real deal. – (No I am not saying if you read Lisa’s book you will put out a best selling novel. That is going to depend on your writing skill and a whole lot of other factors. – But I am saying you will have one hell of a better chance of doing it!).
Do yourself a favor, study everything this woman has to say. I do not know Lisa personally, I am not being paid to write this. I am trying to pass along one of the most important and enlightening pieces of information I have ever discovered about writing. I want it to improve your writing, as much as it has improved mine!
Lisa doesn’t just give you a vague idea of some brainiac premise on writing technique. She plots out specific things you need to look at in order to even START your book. It’s not hard! It’s very easy. It’s five simple steps in fact.
Below is a link to her blog which explains some of what she discussed with us at the workshop. I have also included the 5 pages of notes pertaining to Lisa’s lecture. – with her permission.
If you want to read her book, you can find it on Amazon.com – Wired for Story