Story Genius How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel - Before you waste three years writing 327 pages that go nowhere
How much do I want to read more? 8/10
I love this. The author mark a point. I didn't see stories like this, but it makes sense now.
It's about the internal psychology of the protagonist, his limiting belief, his struggles and how he react. To provide an experience to the reader.
It's like living an experience we couldn't have lived ourselves, and still take the benefits, the lessons, so that we can apply it in our own lives.
What’s the biggest mistake writers make?
they don’t know what a story is.
Humans are wired for story. We hunt for and respond to certain specific things in every story we hear, watch, or read.
Why is this so? Because story is the language of the brain. We think in story. The brain evolved to use story as its go-to “decoder ring” for reality.
But while responding to story is hardwired, creating a story is not.
What drives a story forward is, at first blush, invisible. It’s not talent. It’s not voice. It’s not the plot.
how the protagonist is making sense of what’s happening, how she struggles with, evaluates, and weighs what matters most to her, and then makes hard decisions, moving the action forward. This is not a general struggle, but one based on the protagonist’s impossible goal: to achieve her desire and remain true to the fear that’s keeping her from it.
story is not about the plot, or what happens. Story is about how the things that happen in the plot affect the protagonist, and how he or she changes internally as a result.
Story is about an internal struggle, it’s about what the protagonist has to learn, to overcome, to deal with internally in order to solve the problem that the external plot poses.
So if you don’t know, specifically, what your protagonist wants, what internal misbelief is standing in his way—and most important, why—how on earth can you construct a plot that will force him to deal with it?
This is why you have to know everything there is to know about the protagonist’s specific internal problem before you create the plot, and why this knowledge will then, with astonishing speed, begin to generate the plot itself.
Story first, plot second, so that your novel has the juice to instantly captivate your readers, biologically hooking them before they know what hit ’em.
Part 1 - What a story is, and what it isn't
1- STORY: THE BRAIN’S DECODER RING
There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.
—- URSULA K. LEGUIN