More Than Opposable Thumbs

Story, as it turns out, was crucial to our evolution—more so than opposable thumbs. Opposable thumbs let us hang on; story told us what to hang on to.

Goodreads.com. 2020. Lisa Cron Quotes (Author Of Wired For Story). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/5356632.Lisa_Cron [Accessed 14 June 2020].
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Your Job Is Not To Judge Your Characters

Your job is not to judge your characters, no matter how despicable or wonderful they may be. Your job is to lay out what happens, as clearly and dispassionately as possible, show how it affects the protagonist, and then get the hell out of the way. The irony is, the less you tell us how to feel, the more likely we’ll feel exactly what you want us to. We’re putty in your hands as long as you let us think we’re making up our own mind.

Goodreads.com. 2020. Lisa Cron Quotes (Author Of Wired For Story). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/5356632.Lisa_Cron [Accessed 14 June 2020].

We Really Do Slip Into The Protagonist’s Skin

In short, when we read a story, we really do slip into the protagonist’s skin, feeling what she feels, experiencing what she experiences. And what we feel is based, 100 percent, on one thing: her goal, which then defines how she evaluates everything the other characters do. If we don’t know what she wants, we have no idea how, or why, what she does helps her achieve it.

The Whole Can Become Something Larger Than The Parts

When you put together large numbers of pieces and parts, the whole can become something larger than the sum.… The concept of emergent properties means that something new can be introduced that is not inherent in any of the parts.

Goodreads.com. 2020. Lisa Cron Quotes (Author Of Wired For Story). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/5356632.Lisa_Cron [Accessed 14 June 2020].

For A Story To Grab Us There Must Be A Consequence We Can Anticipate

Simply put, we are looking for a reason to care. So for a story to grab us, not only must something be happening, but also there must be a consequence we can anticipate. As neuroscience reveals, what draws us into a story and keeps us there is the firing of our dopamine neurons, signaling that intriguing information is on its way. This means that whether it’s an actual event unfolding or we meet the protagonist in the midst of an internal quandary or there’s merely a hint that something’s slightly “off” on the first page, there has to be a ball already in play. Not the preamble to the ball. Not all the stuff you have to know to really understand the ball. The ball itself.

Goodreads.com. 2020. Lisa Cron Quotes (Author Of Wired For Story). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/5356632.Lisa_Cron [Accessed 14 June 2020].