Story, as it turns out, was crucial to our evolution…. Story is what enabled us to imagine what might happen in the future, and so prepare for it—a feat no other species can lay claim to…. Story is what makes us human, not just metaphorically but literally. Recent breakthroughs in neuroscience reveal that our brain is hardwired to respond to story; the pleasure we derive from a tale well told is nature’s way of seducing us into paying attention to it.
In other words, we’re wired to turn to story to teach us the way of the world.
~Lisa Cron, Wired for Story pp. 1-2
Wired for Story examines how recent findings in the realm of neuroscience can be applied to improving the fiction writer’s craft. It was an intriguing and enjoyable read.