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The Science of Storytelling One of the best writing books I ve read, and I ve read my fair share I love the psychological backing and I loved his writing style It even made me laugh out loud a few times Fair warning, if you haven t read Remains of the Day or a few other books mentioned but want tomake sure you read it before you read this because there are mega spoilers Also, watch Citizen Kane before you read it if you haven t already. Came to me at an important moment of change in my life, and helped me grow as a person and be compassionate towards the people in my life Cannot recommend enough. One Of My Absolute Favourite Writers Decca Aitkenhead Who Would We Be Without Stories Stories Mould Who We Are, From Our Character To Our Cultural Identity They Drive Us To Act Out Our Dreams And Ambitions, And Shape Our Politics And Beliefs We Use Them To Construct Our Relationships, To Keep Order In Our Law Courts, To Interpret Events In Our Newspapers And Social Media Storytelling Is An Essential Part Of What Makes Us HumanThere Have Been Many Attempts To Understand What Makes A Good Story From Joseph Campbell S Well Worn Theories About Myth And Archetype To Recent Attempts To Crack The Bestseller Code But Few Have Used A Scientific Approach This Is Curious, For If We Are To Truly Understand Storytelling In Its Grandest Sense, We Must First Come To Understand The Ultimate Storyteller The Human BrainIn This Scalpel Sharp, Thought Provoking Book, Will Storr Demonstrates How Master Storytellers Manipulate And Compel Us, Leading Us On A Journey From The Hebrew Scriptures To Mr Men, From Booker Prize Winning Literature To Box Set TV Applying Dazzling Psychological Research And Cutting Edge Neuroscience To The Foundations Of Our Myths And Archetypes, He Shows How We Can Use These Tools To Tell Better Stories And Make Sense Of Our Chaotic Modern World Humans make a narrative out of anything A painting drops from the wall, and we think there are hidden motives behind it There is an extra susurrus in the darkness, and we see glowing eyes and figures despite there being none Narration is our surviving power alone and as a group, and it s no wonder we are drawn into stories And it s no wonder that there are specific kinds of stories that speak to us Will Storr looked behind the science of storytelling through a social psychology s perspective, combining them with wisdom found in writing guidebooks Everything boils down to characters flawed ones, our mind detecting changes, and for our need to understand Those are already good building blocks for any story He moves on explaining why stories matter, how we handle them, and why we need them survival and group coherence And to top it all he explains how to use them in writing, drawing examples from well known books and movies A warning, though, the book contains spoilers If you plan to read Gone Girl or watch Lawrence of Arabia, then maybe read this book afterward.If you are a writer or someone who wants to understand why stories matter or how and why we come up with stories, I recommend this book It s well written, the writer justifies his conclusions, and he offers clear examples of how to use the science behind storytelling as a writer Will Storr even offers examples on how to start your story so it will draw the reader in That is advice worth than gold. 3.5 stars.A nice overview of cognitive psychology and its role in the telling of stories Will Storr writes well, has good insights, and seems to be a nice sort of bloke I learnt some interesting stuff.A couple of awkward moments pulled the overall score down Storr allows himself to draw a few political conclusions from his outline of psychology, and in so doing moves into heavily subjective territory Sure, you can talk about wars and conflicts entirely in terms of tribal psychological baggage, but it s a bit like explaining basketball in terms of quantum physics Further, it implies that both sides in a conflict are equally at fault, equally driven by primal urges What about situations where one side is clearly oppressed and fighting against oppression What about, say, the South African freedom struggle The book also breaks a golden rule don t cite conservative twat Jordan Peterson. Essential resource for writers of fiction.Storr writes in an engaging and informative way, effectively interpreting the science for the layperson He draws on research by story theorists, mythologists, anthropologists, sociologists, psychologists, neuroscientists, biologists and social genomicists to explain how stories work Each point is amply demonstrated with examples from literature, film, TV and computer games.Just some of the topics covered by The Science of Storytelling include How to construct sentences for greater impactThe importance of metaphor and simileThe writer reader relationCharacter motivationDialogueThe beginning, middle and end.Appendices give exercises to help draft your manuscript.I highlighted so many passages and will come back to this book again and again.A fascinating read.Thank you NetGalley and publisher HarperCollins for the ARC. This is about the psychology of story reading, rather than science involved in the telling, despite Mr Storr s desire to bring in Who am I as the question at the end of the universe responsible for the 42 Douglas Adams claimed was the answer Since psychology itself is inherently unreliable, an analogy of the following xkcd observation applies.The narrative is definitely beyond the compass of the wannabees attending night school courses in Creative Writing 101, and most of the psychologists quoted would probably be surprised to find out the use to which their experimental findings had been put, although the philosophers would possibly not be surprised at the inclusion of their musings Editor s note a philosopher is a psychologist who doesn t know enough about statistics to attempt to prove they are right, to a given level of probability Of much use, particularly if you don t take it too seriously, is the appendix detailing The Sacred Flaw Approach to story writing.This is not a coffee table book, nor one to add to the pile in the lavatory Don t read it in bed or on the beach Doing the former will prevent you sleeping, whereas you are likely to be distracted by real life and get sand in the pages in the latter location.Oh, and congratulations for finding your way here the Goodreads search for the book s title didn t work when I tried it. The Science of Storytelling is a fascinating look at stories, our relationship with them, and how this can be used to tell better stories Aimed at both storytellers and those interested in how humans tell stories, Storr combines examples from literature and screen stories with psychological research and experiments to make points about the importance of character, change, and other aspects of gripping stories Myths and archetypes come up, but so do Mr Men and famous lines from Hollywood films It doesn t necessarily change the world in what it says, but it tries to compare how people have created famous stories with how humans use stories to justify their actions and to make sense of their own self.Accessible and interesting, this book can help bring inspiration to those who are trying to tell stories in some format or another, or allow people to think about how people tell stories about themselves and their lives to make sense of the world. People have long tried to deduce exactly what makes a great book or a bestseller and most have failed miserably with so many theories doing the rounds that it s almost impossible to know which, if any, have hit the nail on the head The Science of Storytelling looks at the art of creating a compelling narrative in an entirely different way by using science to break everything down and analyse it This is an accessible, fascinating and thought provoking book which is a fantastic resource for writers to help them understand how to craft an engaging story.There are plenty of examples from books, movies and TV shows to illustrate the points being made and the fact that Storr primarily looks at the neurological and psychological facets of storycraft makes this a wholly unique read I feel anyone who writes or is planning to write a novel of any genre would find this helpful Knowing some of the reasons behind why certain books I ve enjoyed have become so critically acclaimed helps a reader to understand different aspects of the plot Because of this book, I will never think about a novel in the same way again.Many thanks to William Collins for an ARC. Fascinating I first came across this after Holly Bourne mentioned on Twitter that she d read it, and how good it was If you enjoy writing fiction, or even if you ever just ask yourself, why does this book work so well, but others don t , then this is for you One to come back to and read again.

About the Author: Will Storr

Will Storr is a long form journalist, novelist and reportage photographer His features have appeared in The Guardian Weekend, The Telegraph Magazine, The Times Magazine, The Observer Magazine, The Sunday Times Style and GQ, and he is a contributing editor at Esquire He has reported from the refugee camps of Africa, the war torn departments of rural Colombia and the remote Aboriginal communities

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