The chemistry of story telling

I came across this TED talk on some platform or other about the chemical releases in our brain caused by storytelling and why our craft as writers is both so fundamental and so hard wired. It’s worth the ten minutes watching, if you haven’t done the biology, to understand what you do when you tell a good story and why ensuring your readers have to use all five senses when experiencing your work is so vital.

And it explains why I fall asleep in legal lectures all the time

I give you SJ Murray

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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8 Responses to The chemistry of story telling

  1. This is GREAT! Love TED for starters but this I appreciate greatly. Great find!


  2. Annecdotist says:

    Interesting, Geoff, and well-presented talk, thanks for sharing.
    Also reminds me of the impact of mirror neurones on our identifaction with characters


    • TanGental says:

      I missed this post (at least I think I did, but thanks for re-sharing. I have real problems with those setting pieces be they place or person, preferring to do as little as possible and leave the rest to the imagination. A friend/beta reader (maybe that’s the definition of an ex friend) berated me for the lack of description in my current wip but when I looked again I thought there was more than enough. We are all different in our needs I suppose.


  3. Charli Mills says:

    I love SJ Murray! Story-telling is such a part of us. The buckaroo culture is based on story-telling–it’s how you pass along information, what is acceptable/not acceptable and the identity of that culture. This is true of cultures. We tell the stories of “us” and “them.” I like that she reminds of of the 3-act structure and how we are hardwired for that template no matter what our culture or story to tell. Thanks for posting this!

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  5. Great TEDx. She can certainly tell a story that inspires. Great lessons for us all.

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