Wired for Story by Lisa Cron

In the morning writing class I teach, we are using Wired for Story by Lisa Cron as a text book for discussion in class. The subtitle is The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence.

In the Introduction, page 2, Cron states: “Our neural circuitry is designed to crave story.”  She goes on to say, “For a story to captivate a reader, it must continually meet his or her hardwired expectations.”

And, I like what she says, “…a powerful story can have a hand in rewiring the reader’s brain–helping instill empathy…which is why writers are, and have always been, among the most powerful people in the world.”

That idea puts writers in a whole new category. Let’s write and rewire now.


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For over twenty-five years, I've taught elementary grades, high school, and county special education classes. Now I am a field supervisor for teachers working toward their teaching credentials. I also teach writing classes in Dublin and Pleasanton, California. I have won 5 awards in short story contests, My stories are published in The California Writers Club Literary Review, and several anthologies including four times in Las Positas College collections. I have several book projects, but the two that have my immediate attention are HADA'S FOG, which is women's fiction, LILLI, a YA novel, and NORMAN IN THE PICTURE, a paranormal mystery. I have published an anthology WRITTEN ACROSS THE GENRES that includes writings from members of my writing classes and other writers. It's available on Amazon and Kindle.

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