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In this course, author Lisa Cron digs into the craft of writing a compelling story based on what the brain is wired to respond to in every story we hear. Whether you're writing a story from scratch, or revising your story for the umpteenth time, this course offers practical how-to advice, then illustrates it using before-and-after examples. Discover how to craft a first page, zero in on your story's point, create empathy, find a character's secret goals and inner issues, translate generics into specifics, write for suspense, create cause-and-effect connections, build momentum and tension, and deftly implement setups, payoffs, flashbacks, subplots, and foreshadowing.
I am Lisa Cron, and welcome to The Craft of Story. I have to say I am thrilled to be here. There is nothing I love more than working with writers, because writers are the most powerful people in the world. Writers can change the way people think simply by giving them a glimpse of life through their character's eyes. That's why I've spent my entire career working with writers, in publishing as a literary agent, as a story analyst for Hollywood studios, as a teacher, and story consultant. I've worked with hundreds of writers and with thousands of manuscripts and screenplays.
And along the way, it's taught me something really surprising, the place where most writers go wrong has nothing to do with how well they write and everything to do with their ability to tell a story. And make no mistake, it's story that hooks the reader, the viewer, the listener. That's why the most important thing a writer can learn is what a story really is and how to craft one, which is what I'll be focusing on in this course. Together, we will explore what the brain's hardwired expectations are for every story we hear.
Then I'll show you how to bring each element of story to life in your work and to make it even clearer I'll walk you through before and after examples. Each chapter ends with an exercise you can do at home, along with a checklist of questions to ask of your own story, whether you are still at the planning stage or diving into your umpteenth rewrite. When we're done, you'll come away with the tools to craft a story that will have them at hello. So, let's get started.
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