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The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Psychological Trauma

The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Psychological Trauma
Your Price: $21.95 CDN
Author: Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
Publisher: JADD Publishing
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 326
Pub. Date: 2017
ISBN-10: 0989772594
ISBN-13: 9780989772594

About the Book:

Readers and audiences connect to characters with depth, ones that have experienced life's ups and downs. To bring realistic, compelling characters to the page and screen, writers must know them intimately – not only who they are in the present story, but also what made them that way. Of all the formative experiences in a character's past, none are more destructive than emotional wounds. The aftershocks of trauma can change who they are, alter what they believe, and sabotage their ability to achieve meaningful goals, all of which will affect the trajectory of your story.

The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Psychological Trauma is a writer's best friend. Identifying the backstory wound is crucial to understanding how it will shape your character's behaviour, and this book can help. Inside The Emotional Wound Thesaurus you will find:

• A database of traumatic situations and events common to the human experience
• An in-depth study on a wound's impact, including the fears, lies, personality shifts, and dysfunctional behaviours that can arise from different types of trauma
• An extensive analysis of character arc and how the wound and any resulting unmet needs fit into it
• Techniques on how to show the past experience to readers in a way that is both engaging and revelatory while avoiding the pitfalls of info dumps and telling
• A showcase of popular characters and how their traumatic experiences reshaped them, leading to very specific story goals
• A Backstory Wound Profile tool that will enable you to document your characters' negative past experiences and their aftereffects

Editors, authors, agents, and teachers agree that The Emotional Wound Thesaurus, in its easy-to-navigate list format, is a convenient and helpful writing tool that encourages novel writers, screenwriters, and playwrights to root your characters in reality by giving them an authentic wound that causes difficulties and prompts them to strive for inner growth to overcome it. With its easy-to-read format and over 100 entries packed with information, The Emotional Wound Thesaurus is a crash course in psychology for creating characters that feel real to readers and audiences. It is required reading for several University-level Creative Writing programs.

What people say:

"In these brilliantly conceived, superbly organized and astonishingly thorough volumes, Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi have created an invaluable resource for writers and storytellers. Whether you are searching for new and unique ways to add and define characters, or brainstorming methods for revealing those characters without resorting to clichés, it is hard to imagine two more powerful tools for adding depth and dimension to your screenplays, novels or plays." — Michael Hauge, Hollywood script consultant and story expert, author of Writing Screenplays That Sell

About the Author:

Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are writing coaches and co-authors of a number of descriptive thesauruses for writers. Angela Ackerman lives in Calgary, Alberta, just a short drive from the Canadian Rockies. She writes on the darker side of middle grade and young adult. Becca Puglisi resides in New York. She is a young adult fantasy and historical fiction writer.

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