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neuroscientist If the book not been marketed as brain science by both the publishing company If the book had not been marketed as science by both the publishing company the author herself who repeatedly refers to brain science without much real substance in the first several chapters then this might have been forgivable But to intentionally mislead the reader by using brain science as a immick is not something I can respect in a book Not to mention that the book itself Easy Breezy Miracle gives up on the brain scienceimmick about halfway through From here on out we re oing to focus much on writing than on brain scienceYou know how the brain works and you understand the unparalleled power of story You know that story is the language of the brain 144 I breathed a sigh of relief because I knew I wouldn t need to continue writing Source Explanation in the margins for the remaining 130 pages And Yet I Was Frustrated That There Hadn T Been yet I was frustrated that there hadn t been real in depth explanation topic in the first 140 pages Instead there were mostly throwaway lines like story s purpose evolved from simply decoding the mysteries of the physical world and It turns out the brain is far less picky about lyrical language than we ve been led to believe Really How do we know these things sprinkled among Cron s actual pointsIn addition to the immicky use of brain science the author constantly reiterates in the first several pages that her techniues are so uniue and that they re contrary to everything that people have been taught about writing before The author s main points focus on the importance of creating a strong internal conflict as opposed to focusing on external plot points developing a deep understanding of your characters and their contexts None of these things are particularly uniue they both seem to be common sense and I know that I certainly teach them to my own creative writing students My frustration is that ultimately these Get Fast!: A Complete Guide to Gaining Speed Wherever You Ride gimmicks distracted from the rest of her information I was frustrated that she was claiming to be showing me brain science without actually doing that and irked that she was trying to sell her method by acting as though it was incredible and uniue Without these two major flaws this book might have been a three star read for me The writing techniues are okay they re certainly not terrible points and would beood for a beginning writer or one who has no idea how to develop a character But I m not convinced that they come from brain science or are contrary to the ways in which writers already thinkThe final issue is that while I think the author was insightful to include a work in progress by a novelist as a test case for her work and while I absolutely commend the bravery of the novelist to open her novel development up to us in this way at some point I began to feel as though Cron s method actually damaged the novel I don t think it had to be this way it was of an error in application than a fatal flaw in the method itself there are some The Pleasant Light of Day good organizing techniues mentioned and I do think that the idea of focusing on internal conflict is aood one overall However the novelist originally hoped to write a story about a woman and her complicated relationship with a dogsomehow it became a story about a woman who didn t want to make connections with other people so when her loverscreenwriting partner falls into a coma after an accident precipitations by an argument she kidnaps a unbeknownst to her famous dog She does this in an attempt to prove to her sister that she is stable and doesn t need help before retreating to a hotel to try and finish the last episode of the show that she and her lover had been working on There were a few other bizarre details but those are the main plot points This isn t meant to be a farcical comedy either the The Doctors 5-Minute Health Fixes: The Prescription for a Lifetime of Great Health goal of the process was to develop and push the main character to realize how important human connection really is albeit a little too late But the constant push to drive a character to face her internal conflict by all these extreme measures twisted a potentiallyood story into a really bad Lifetime movie Again I don t mean to offend the novelist who was vulnerable in opening up a work in progress and using this method I just am concerned that neither Cron nor the novelist seemed able to see how out of control the story becameThe best insights of this book are first simply to pay close attention to the internal conflict of the main character and to be mindful of that in every scene This is sage advice and something that I deeply value in a story Second authors should work to create well rounded and complex characters with fleshed out back stories and challenge them to row and develop throughout the novel This can t be an afterthought but should always be considered No extreme kidnappings tragic sudden comas or last minute forced re writes of a TV script need to happen to push characters to row and develop The best stories in my opinion capture the powerful changes that occur as a part of our daily experiences many mundane moments stitched together with occasional extreme events Focusing on internal conflict without The Go-Between going to bizarre extremes helps the characters be relatable and cathartic. Reds 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 thisuide shows writers how to plumb the nitty ritty. I received this on a read to
review from NetGalley Thank you to the author Lisa Cron and the publisher Ten Speed Press basis from Thank you to the author Lisa Cron and the publisher Ten Speed Press this opportunityThis non fiction was of unparalleled help whilst writing my own first novel I assumed this to be a rehashing of well known and repeated knowledge but it addressed the complexities of fiction writing with a new ingeniousnessThe premise of this helpful uide is that novel writing should be character and not plot driven This means that the most successful of books will have an author behind it who knows the ins and outs of each character from personality to history before even attempting to structure a plot or narrative This seemed a daunting task at first but with the formulation of simple exercises well researched explanations and on the author s assurance I now feel well educated in what to do and where to o from here Completion *While I Read The Whole Thing I Did Have To *I read the whole thing I did have to in places because Cron kept hammering the same simple point for pages at a time which becomes uickly repetitiveWritingStyle The style is both unsurprising and yet disappointing The book reads like any basic writing uide which wouldn t be as bad if it didn t advertise itself with a subtitle that reads How to Outline Your Novel Using the Secrets of Brain Science I was expecting depth and substance involving interesting facts and tips on writing plot pacing character development etc in relation to science I expected answers to uestions like which physical character traits trigger sympathy or anger What words create a certain reaction from the reader Instead we are The Prodigal Prophet: Jonah and the Mystery of God's Mercy given a pretty straightforwarduide disguised as something Characters Since this is a book on writing there are no characters per se Instead I will just mention that Cron uses the same story example throughout the book to demonstrate how a writer could flesh it out into a stronger storyPlotPacing The pacing is acceptable only if you have never picked up a book on writing before or taken a writing class Otherwise it is slow and lacks originalityWorld buildingAtmosphere Cron spends very little time on world building This is not a book worth picking up if you are interested in Deal Maker (Mixed Messages Book 2) (English Edition) genre writingSubenres Romance Humor Mystery etc Cron s voice throughout the book didactic with small attempts at humor that just fell flat for me Cron focuses on telling a Godmanstone Blues general story and does not focus much on particular details related to differentenres such as romance humor mystery etc FINAL VERDICT While I am disappointed that this writing Ramp Rats: A Graphic Guide Adventure guide s angle of science is so shallowly executed thisuide is far from a horrible book For many beginning writers it might be helpful and for experienced writers it can be a nice reminder to focus on your characters internal struggles just don t expect this My Name is Abu Salem guide to be advanced than what it really is I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review Making sense of nonsenseThis is the first craft book to tap into what I thought was chiseled in stone in my brain I m a pantser Or should I say was I ll be using Lisa Cron s formula for my next book and thanking a writer friend foruilting me into reading it though it had been on my TBR shelf for a very long time Now to reread and take each chapter one step at a time The full title of Lisa Cron s book is Story Genius How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel with the tinier sub sub title Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere The reason that I list the full title is because it ets at why I was so excited to read it and my main problem with the work This book both with its prominent subtitle and its back cover description promised to combine two of my favorite things neuroscience and the writing process I am a polymath a woman of disparate loves and I absolutely adore books that mix enres using science or math to inform a humanities based fieldUnfortunately my expectations were shattered and not in a positive way This book contains virtually no brain science In fact most of the citations and references in the back of the book cite direct uotes by other authors often about writing to the best of my count I can only find five cited mentions of brain science in the entire 267 pages of this book most of those were just one short paragraph reference of a study The rest of the brain science is merely statements by the author that mention brain science says or We evolved to or We are wired to or Biologically with some throwaway sentence no evidence no citation and no explanation or context This is not science You cannot just call something science because it sounds Spitting Daisies Communicating Through the Sunset good or because you read it somewhere and didn t feel like researching it properly and including itI m not saying that I was looking for lengthy descriptions of studies in the main text It would have been acceptable to have an endnote after a sentence like brain science says with a detailed explanation in the back of the book for those who wanted to read about it But it s completely irresponsible to just make claims that brain science says without any sources or any real credibil. Following on the heels of Lisa Cron's breakout first book Wired for Story this writinguide reveals how to use cognitive storytelling strategies to build a scene by scene blueprint for a riveting story Story Genius is a foolproof program that saves writers from penning hund.
download Ú eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Lisa CronWhich was the oal after all A book focusing on fleshing out techniues without all the immicks of brain science or claims of uniueness would ve been a much enjoyable readDisclaimer I received this book for free in exchange for this review However this did not affect the content of my review in any way To be completely honest I would not have finished this book had it not been for the fact that I had to review it 45 STARS As always LOADED WITH INSIGHT AND INSPIRATION I love Lisa Cron s writing advice because it s not like traditional writing advice it resonates deep within your soul so you KNOW without having to fly blind into what experts think is true you KNOW it makes sense because something inside of you just CLICKS Unlike Wired For Story which is also amazing this book feels like a uide a step by step playbook to building a story from the round up Lisa s blueprinting process makes so much sense and it s truly awesome I notice a lot of people said this book didn t have enough brain science to back it up especially since the words brain science are on the front cover But I find absolutely nothing wrong with that seeing as this IS of a uide book than a research report And at every turn Lisa is showing how human psychology responds to story and honestly that is what s importantThe only reason I wouldn t ive this book five stars is just because it s of a system Which is totally fine of course But I m an outside the box person and I like to find my own roove I ve developed my own outlining process that works super well for me when building a story so I found myself skipping lots of the steps in this blueprinting process But I find nothing wrong with the method used here and if you re someone who has no clue how to begin outlining your roadmap of your novel you might LOVE this process So although the second half of this book was mainly instructions on how to outline your novel it is PACKED with brilliant advice and truths about story and human psychology and I HIGHLIGHTED EVERY SINGLE PAGE SO THAT SAYS A LOT RIGHT THERE 1010 recommend to every writer who wants to unlock the secrets of building a story especially writers who don t know where to start when blueprinting their next riveting novel In my opinion this is a must have read for any aspiring author This book sets out a program based on the idea that in developing a novel you need to be examining the protagonist and their motives rather than looking at the plot Lisa Cron set out the program in a refreshing and humorous way that made it very readable She clearly sets out not just what works but how it works and why She outlines why are a whopping 96% of submissions to publishers are rejected and what authors can do to try and stop this happeningI enjoyed the clear outlines And Helpful Tasks Peppered Throughout helpful tasks peppered throughout book I would definitely recommend it I feel very mixed about this book I teach creative writing and I ve tried to make a study of what works in popular stories Liza Cron both hits and misses in this bookThe strongest section by far is Part II Creating the Inside Story One of the things I ve noticed many of my students do is create short stories that encompass a series of exciting events that don t really matter Cron "says essentially that it s the character s internal struggle that "essentially that it s the character s internal struggle that the external struggle important I totally agree with thatFor me there are two major things that make a story work1 Characters that the reader can feel for who want something and do things to et it and 2 A promise is made in the beginning that the story fulfillsCron says those two things or less The major problem with this book is that Cron Unexpected Circumstances goes on and on and ON belaboring each and every point as if her reader must be thick in the head The pretend novel that was being developed throughout the book fueled this fire Those parts were so boring and useless that by the end of part two I mostly skipped them The examples Cron uses from actual books like The Great Gatsby and A Prayer for Owen Meany okay okay I know I m being biased here because those are two of my favorite novels Cron hasood taste do a much better job of illustrating her point than the crappy in development stuff she s padding her word count withBasically that s what
this book read like a little bit of really stellar advice that was almost eclipsedbook read like a little bit of really stellar advice that was almost eclipsed the rest of the junk surrounding itMy advice If you read this check it out from the library Read pages 35 123 and skip the restDISCLAIMER I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review EDITED TO ADD Do yourself a big favor and read Save the Cat Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody instead It s a major Prophets and Prophecy in the Ancient Near East game changer for fiction novelists and 100x better than Story Genius Reading this book was like asking a writing professor for advice and instead of a When you buy this book also buy a new package of mini sticky notes to flag things as well as a brand new highlighter you ll need itI ve been writing and editing fiction professionally for fourteen years and I wish I had this book fourteen years ago It would have save Wonderful and concise A must read for any write. Details of their raw idea to organicallyenerate 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.