Writing Resources: Wired for Story

wired for story

Are you wired for storytelling?

Are you a storyteller? Do you want to be? Then I suggest you pick up a copy of Wired for Story, ASAP.

This is easily the best book on writing fiction that I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. The book takes a fresh approach and tackles fiction writing from a scientific perspective. Thus the subtitle: “The writer’s guide to using brain science to hook readers from the very first sentence.”

Before all you left-brained creatives bristle at the word science, know this: the book is completely accessible. It doesn’t confuse you with complex scientific jargon. Instead, it uses simple examples (mostly told as stories) to demonstrate the science behind story.

What keeps the reader’s brain engaged? What causes the reader’s brain to wander off in search of something more compelling? How do you hook readers in the first place? If you want to know the answers to these questions, you need to read this book.

Not only does Wired for Story answer these questions, it explains what are the most critical elements that your story needs in order to resonate with readers. And as an avid reader, I found myself nodding along with every piece of insight and advice this book offers.

We’re All Wired for Story

In the past year, I’ve read several books on the craft of fiction writing. I don’t think I finished half of them. Some were unrelatable (like the one that used a bunch of novels I’ve never read or heard of as examples). Others were written in a tone that I found dull (and in one case, offensive).

So when Wired for Story arrived in my mailbox, I was a bit hesitant. But once I got started, the book was hard to put down. Not only did it address issues that most other books on the craft of storytelling miss or gloss over (even though they are of critical importance), I found it fun and entertaining, too.

I found concepts in this book that I could immediately put into practice. I experienced several aha! moments where I thought that’s exactly what my manuscript needs!

My favorite chapters dealt with characters (and more specifically, the protagonist), explaining the importance of creating characters who inspire emotion from the reader, characters who want something (one thing internally and something else externally), and characters who possess the all-important inner issue. I immediately recognized the validity of these concepts, and because they were explained so smoothly, I could even see where my own characters were missing the mark.

“Story, as it turns out, was crucial to our evolution.”
– Lisa Cron, Wired for Story

Perhaps most importantly, Wired for Story will get you out of your own head and force you to think not like a writer, but like a reader. We want people to buy our books, read them, and leave positive reviews. So we better be cognizant of what their expectations are and what they will experience when they read our stories. Why should they care about the protagonist? How will they relate to her goals, struggles, and inner issues? Or will they?

Best of all, I found Wired for Story to be highly motivational. I couldn’t wait to finish each chapter so I could work on my own story and apply the concepts I’d picked up.

Whether you’re thinking about writing a novel, in the middle of drafting a story, or working on revisions for a screenplay, this book will keep your head in the game, because it’s a constant reminder that writing is a delight. It cuts through the fluff and gets to the heart of what makes a story work.

Get Wired for Story

“Writers are, and always have been, among the most powerful
people in the world.” – Lisa Cron, Wired for Story

wired for storyWe’re all wired for story, but are you wired for storytelling? Find out what really hooks readers and keeps them glued the page, and learn how to write a story that people will read and love. What are you waiting for?

Get Wired for Story right now.

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Melissa Donovan is a website designer and copywriter. She writes fiction and poetry and is the founder and editor of Writing Forward, a blog packed with creative writing tips and ideas.


12 Responses to “Writing Resources: Wired for Story”

  1. Lauralew says:

    I have this book, won it in a Twitter giveaway.After reading half of it, though, I realize I’ve misplaced it. I’m in agony as it is one of the most helpful books on storytelling/writing I’ve EVER read. Already I’m changing my WIP as a result of this book. If I can’t find my autographed copy, will definitely buy another. Wonderful, helpful book.

  2. Bullish says:

    I picked up this book last month after seeing it in my Amazon recommends, but haven’t read it yet. The title caught my attention, because that’s how I’d describe myself: Wired For Story!! Thanks to you, I’ve just moved it to the top of my To Read pile!!! 🙂

  3. Jill Tooley says:

    This sounds like a good one! I have dozens of writing books that all seem to say the same thing. “Sin and Syntax” is one of my favorites, but that’s more of a grammar self-help book than a story crafting guide. I’ll check out “Wired for Story.” Thanks for the recommendation! 🙂

  4. Chris says:

    ‘Wired for Story’ is in the post to me as I write. I’m looking forward to reading it even more after reading this post. I’m hoping to put it on a par with Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’, one of the most inspirational books on writing I’ve read to date.

  5. Brian Conelly says:

    THis is an outstanding book for any fiction writer. Easy to read and very useful.

  6. Kamau Muchiri says:

    I would like to see the book! Looks to be awesome !