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The Science of Storytelling : Why Stories Make Us Human, and How to Tell Them Better - Will Storr

The Science of Storytelling

Why Stories Make Us Human, and How to Tell Them Better

Author: Will Storr

Read by: Will Storr

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Published: 4th April 2019

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'If you want to write a novel or a script, read this book' Sunday Times

'The best book on the craft of storytelling I've ever read' Matt Haig

'Rarely has a book engrossed me more, and forced me to question everything I've ever read, seen or written. A masterpiece' Adam Rutherford

Why stories make us human and how to tell them better.

There have been many attempts to understand what makes a good story - but few have used a scientific approach.

In this incisive, thought-provoking book, award-winning writer Will Storr demonstrates how master storytellers manipulate and compel us.

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.


In The Science of Storytelling, Storr's creative ability shines through his writing, offering a deep dive into the cognitive disciplines that shape our understanding of stories. His exploration of language, psychology, and neuropsychology is a testament to his authorship and a top contribution to the arts.

For fans of K. M. Weiland (Writing Archetypal Character Arcs), Jessica Brody (Save the Cat! Writes a Novel), Syd Field (Screenplay), Dorothea Brande (Becoming a Writer), and Howard Mittelmark (How NOT to Write a Novel).


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