Glued to the Page [Nathan Hill]
You know the feeling: you’re reading an amazing novel, and the time is flying by, and you’re so deep in the story it’s like you’re there. You’re in it. It’s one of the most unique and gratifying qualities of fiction. But how do writers actually achieve this effect? In this class I’ll take you down some rabbit holes: from the world of neurobiology, we’ll investigate what’s actually happening in our brains when we read; from psychology, we’ll examine why certain characters feel authentic and real; from the tech world, we’ll look at what motivates people to pay attention and what distracts them. All of these different approaches can ultimately help writers craft stories that keep readers glued to the page.