(PDF DOWNLOAD) The Story Genius How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel AUTHOR Lisa Cron
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Things As Well Asas well as 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 saved a lot of time It s inspirational as well as helpful It s slightly less helpful if you write in the traditional romance format of having the hero and heroine s stories be essentially eual or write multiple POVs Cron glosses over these formats Regardless of what you write Cron s book is filled with useful tips and advice 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 "resonates deep within 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 ust CLICKS Unlike Wired For Story which is also amazing this book feels like a guide a step by step playbook to building a story from the ground 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 guide 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 give this book five stars is ust 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 groove 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 I received this on a read to review basis from NetGalley Thank you to the author Lisa Cron and the publisher Ten Speed Press for 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 guide 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 go from here 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 makes 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 get 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 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 has good taste do a much better ob 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 eclipsed by the rest of the unk 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. 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.
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#is a must have read for any aspiring author This book sets out #a must have read for any aspiring author This book sets out 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 pro Completion While I read the whole thing I did have to skim 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 guide which wouldn t be as bad if it didn t advertise itself with a subtitle that reads How Outline "Your Novel Using the Secrets Brain Science I was expecting depth "Novel Using the Secrets of Brain Science I was expecting depth 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 read EDITED TO ADD Do yourself a big favor and read Save the Cat Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody instead It s a major 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 answering the uestion directly they end up going on an hour long tangent repeating the same things over and over until they finally stop and say Wait What was the uestion again I probably could have edited out 23 of this author s blathering and still gotten the same amount of insight which admittedly isn t groundbreaking The promise of ooh brain science is broken a few chapters in when you realize that science means fiction rules that have been in place for centuries ie what does your protagonist want Why do they want that What s standing in their wayThe author admits in the book that she hasn t finished a draft of a fiction novel Shocking Doesn t that make you completely unualified to write a book on how towriteMs Cron if you re reading this please make this your final book on writing until you put your money where your mouth is 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 gets 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 genres 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 ust 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 Rough Rider: BWWM Interracial MC Biker Alpha Male Romance just call something science because it sounds 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 toust make claims that brain science says without any sources or any real credibility the author is not a neuroscientist If the book had not been marketed as brain science by both the publishing company and 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 gimmick is not something I can respect in a book Not to mention that the book itself gives up on the brain science gimmick about halfway through From here on out we re going 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 any real in depth explanation topic in the first 140 pages Instead there were mostly throwaway lines 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 Story Genius is a foolproof program that saves writers from penning hund. Ike story s purpose evolved from simply decoding mysteries of the physical "world and It out the brain is far less picky about lyrical "and It turns out the brain is far less picky about lyrical than we ve been led to believe Really How do we know these things sprinkled among Cron s actual pointsIn addition to the gimmicky 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 be common sense and I know I certainly teach them to my own creative writing students My frustration is that ultimately these 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 be good 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 good organizing techniues mentioned and I do think that the idea of focusing on internal conflict is a good 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 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 potentially good 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 ust 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 grow 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 grow 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 going to bizarre extremes helps the characters be relatable and cathartic which was the goal after all A book focusing on fleshing out techniues without all the gimmicks 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 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 for guilting 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 When you buy this 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 this guide shows writers how to plumb the nitty gritty. .