I confess I picked this up out of a desire to understand the human brain’s need and desire for story. We are creatures of story, so much so that I’d put story near the bottom level of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, right there with food, rest and health.
Humanity is made of story. We tell the stories of ourselves and our lives. We use story to make almost every decision. We crave story. We dream in stories. Our evolution is based on story, and how passing that information, knowledge, and outcomes down has helped us become something that is more than what it used to be. What we do, who we are, how we see ourselves, the things we enjoy, the people we love, and what becomes of us when we are gone is all tied to story. Without story, humanity would not be what it is.
For those reasons, I read this book, and I came away with so much great information on how to write a decent story that I’ll probably listen to this one again. It says some of the same stuff that you would expect to hear, but in new ways, and it turns a few things that I thought I knew completely upside down. I think it really helped me, but there was so much to take in that I definitely didn’t absorb it all on the first time through. There’s just too much to consider and apply, so I’ll probably revisit this one on audio, since it’s so easy to consume in that format.
Book 166 Read in 2018