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The Science of Storytelling by Will Storr review – the lure of novel ideas

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The journalist and author’s compelling guide to creative writing reveals how our brains are wired to respond to narrativesThe American novelist John Barth claimed that rather than the traditional “what happened next?”, the real question that every reader is asking him or herself as they read is “the essential question of identity – the personal, professional, cultural, even species-specific ‘Who Am I?’” Stories are ordering, sense-making machines, helping our brains to render the frantic incoherence of chaotic existence into comprehensible narratives. These narratives, as Peter Brooks showed in his classic critical work
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