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)

by Lisa Cron

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.

It’s every novelist’s greatest fear: pouring their blood, sweat, and tears into writing hundreds of pages only to realize that their story has no sense of urgency, no internal logic, and so is a page one rewrite. 

The prevailing wisdom in the writing community is that there are just two ways around this problem: pantsing (winging it) and plotting (focusing on the external plot). Story coach Lisa Cron has spent her career discovering why these methods don’t work and coming up with a powerful alternative, based on the science behind what our brains are wired to crave in every story we read (and it’s not what you think). 

In Story Genius Cron takes you, step-by-step, through the creation of a novel from the first glimmer of an idea, to a complete multilayered blueprint—including fully realized scenes—that evolves into a first draft with the authority, richness, and command of a riveting sixth or seventh draft.


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Story Genius

Jasmine Martin

5 Stars

I loved this book. I've read a lot of books on writing, and this has been the most useful. I was lucky enough to receive a review copy in galley form. I liked it so much, I bought an extra copy to share with others. The book is chockablock…

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Story Genius by Lisa Cron

NATOSHA miller

5 Stars

The book, Story Genius by Lisa Cron makes writing a book easier! I was interested because I may one day want to write my own story and could see some ideashow to actually get it started. This is a wonderful guide to…

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Writing Genius

Cindi Adkins

5 Stars

This is so helpful for those who want to write, novels, or whatever narrative you choose. It really helps you with your story and the development to help flesh out a great story. I wanted to read it to help with the upcoming NaNoWriMo and I…

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System for writing powerful, character-driven novels

Debbie White

4 Stars

"Story Genius" is a guide on how to create powerful, character-driven stories using the Story Genius writing system. If you expect a lot of brain science, you'll be disappointed. The author only referred to a couple of studies.…

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