What Are the Rules of Story?

According to Lisa Cron some authors have it all wrong when it comes to the craft of story making. Cron notes the rules of grammar change, but the rules of story are immutable.

While the rules of grammar continually evolve, the rules of story do not. They’re fixed, because they stem from the way our brain has evolved. They’re hardwired into the architecture of our very humanness.

And here’s something surprising: the rules of story are often the opposite of what writers think they are. Which is no doubt what prompted Flannery O’Connor to note, “I find that most people know what a story is until they sit down to write one.”

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