In the morning writing class I teach, we are using Wired for Story by Lisa Cron as a text book for discussion in class. The subtitle is The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence.
In the Introduction, page 2, Cron states: “Our neural circuitry is designed to crave story.” She goes on to say, “For a story to captivate a reader, it must continually meet his or her hardwired expectations.”
And, I like what she says, “…a powerful story can have a hand in rewiring the reader’s brain–helping instill empathy…which is why writers are, and have always been, among the most powerful people in the world.”
That idea puts writers in a whole new category. Let’s write and rewire now.