Hi guys!

Holy lawn gnomes...September, already? Not sure where summer went, but we hope you all had a wonderbar few months with plenty of adventures, family time, and good nature-y type things to help fill that creative well. :)

Speaking of adventure, Becca and I will be heading down the book launch trail with The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Psychological Trauma soon. It's currently in the proofreading stage, then will go on to formatting, and finally we will reach the big moment...HITTING PUBLISH. Our target launch date is still October 25th, and while we're 99% sure this is the end zone for us, we haven't officially announced it "just in case." We should be able to firm up that date very soon, however. :)

We know interest is high regarding this thesaurus, so we wanted to share a sample entry with you. Please read on!



Driving a car in which a passenger, pedestrian, or cyclist is killed
Unknowingly serving food to someone who’s highly allergic to it
A child consuming a fatal dose of medication while in one’s care
A child drowning in one’s pool or tub
Killing someone while impaired
Instigating a prank or dare that goes wrong
Campfire carelessness that leads to fatalities
A boating or jet ski accident
Peer pressure that ends in an unintentional death (e.g., pushing drinks on a friend who later dies of alcohol poisoning)
The mishandling or misfire of a weapon or firearm
Home protection incidents, such as shooting at an intruder and hitting a family member
Poor home maintenance (stairs collapsing, someone falling through a rotten floor, etc.)
Hitting someone too hard in a fight
Selling or giving a friend a bad batch of drugs
A sport-related accident
Malfunctioning equipment, such as one’s tanning booth electrocuting a client
Horseplay between kids that turns deadly
A police officer killing a bystander in the line of duty
Bumping a friend who falls from a high balcony or ledge

BASIC NEEDS OFTEN COMPROMISED BY THIS WOUND: safety and security, love and belonging, esteem and recognition, self-actualization

It should have been me.
I am a terrible and worthless person.
I do not deserve to be happy or safe.
I do not deserve a child of my own when I caused the death of another person’s child.
I do not deserve to be loved.
I am only capable of hurting people.
I cannot be trusted with responsibility of any kind.
People will hate me if they know what I did.
I should suffer for the pain I caused.
I can never fix what I did, no matter how hard I try.
It would be better for everyone if I was dead too.

Making another mistake that takes someone’s life
Responsibility; making decisions that impact others
Losing control (if irresponsible behavior led to the death)
Things not being safe enough (if disrepair or a lack of safety protocol was involved)

Paranoia or obsession regarding circumstances that led to the death (installing safety railings everywhere to avoid someone falling, not allowing one’s children near water, etc.)
Over-preparing (e.g., researching dangers tied to a location and packing for a trip accordingly)
Avoiding positions of power and responsibility so one can’t screw things up or fail people again
PTSD symptoms (flashbacks, anxiety, depression, etc.)
Avoiding friends, family, or the public at large
Not chasing one’s dreams because one feels unworthy
Punishing oneself by giving up the things one loves
Taking risks due to the belief that one has no value
Taking risks in hopes death will occur so one may atone for the mistake
Drinking or using drugs to cope
Blaming others for what happened rather than accepting one’s role
Avoiding situations and people tied to the event
Being hyper-aware of potential danger and safety issues
Choosing to stay close to home most of the time
Becoming a helicopter parent or being overprotective of loved ones
Hiring professionals rather than attempting do-it-yourself repairs
Keeping one’s vehicle, home, etc. in top shape
Having well-stocked medical supplies and working fire extinguishers
Taking safety training, CPR, or other life skill courses to be prepared in the case of an accident

      Attributes: alert, appreciative, cautious, cooperative, disciplined, empathetic, focused, generous, gentle, honest, honorable, humble, independent, inspirational, kind, loyal, mature, merciful
      Flaws: addictive, apathetic, cowardly, defensive, disorganized, fanatical, humorless, impulsive, indecisive, inhibited, insecure, irresponsible, martyr, morbid, obsessive, oversensitive, reckless

Hearing about a similar accidental death on the news or in one’s community
Important life milestones for the victim (the anniversary of their death, their birthday, the day they would have graduated from high school, etc.)
Running into a family member of the victim
Experiencing a near-miss similar to the accident (e.g., almost crashing one’s car during a rainstorm)
A loved one being involved in an incident that could have turned deadly
Someone being injured on one’s property

Wanting to support a close friend or family member who accidentally hurt or killed someone
A close friend or family member being accidentally killed
The family of the victim filing a wrongful death lawsuit
Being placed in a situation where one has to kill to protect oneself
A situation where one is directly responsible for another person and must act to keep them alive


Feeling Generous? Why Not Join Our Book Launch Street Team!

We love all our books, we do, but both Becca and I feel that The Emotional Wound Thesaurus is something special, a tool that will really help with a very difficult aspect of storytelling. However, the topic for this book is a bit dark and we don't want that to deter people from giving it a chance.

A strong book launch will allow us get the word out about this thesaurus, and we really need your help to do this. If you would like to find out more about how you can help, just fill out this form so we can get in touch! (We promise not to put you in a stockade, either, lol.)



Waiting For A New Book Is Hard...Unless You Don't Have To

One of the big reasons Becca, Lee, and I created One Stop for Writers was so we could bring you helpful tools whenever we liked, without having to worry about the long...slooooow...process of publishing. So, if you would like to access ALL 119 Emotional Wound Entries now, hop on over to One Stop. This collection is there waiting for you, along with 12 other description thesauruses. (This picture is a snapshot of only a few of the entries, so visit to see the full list.)

Registration is free and allows you to view a sampling of entries, plus, you can access a tutorial on writing Emotional Wounds (and many more tutorials, too!). Subscription is about the price of 2 lattes a month. Hope to see you there!


Angela's Super Six

Each newsletter I share six links to six amazing things I've found--articles, tools, and resources. So, without further ado... *drum roll*

Publishing...where to even begin, right? Talk about a giant topic with far too many resources and bits of advice to track. Good thing Jane Friedman has this two-fer on what to do: How To Get A Book Published & How To Self-Publish a Book.  

Looking to create a new character and want to see a huge list of ideas? Try Screencraft's list of 99 Archetypes and Stock Characters.

Have a Baddie in your story and you don't want him (or her) to come across as cliche? Give them a Compelling Motivation to make them credible.

Ready to become master of a new world? This list of 42 WorldBuilding Resources should help. And of course, a don't-miss-it 43rd is One Stop for Writers' WorldBuilding Tool

Looking for a distraction-free writing zone? Try this tool by Astroahaus: Sprinter. And while you're thinking about distraction-free tools, you might want to check out the Freewrite Typewriter, too, because who wouldn't want to be able to write from anywhere on a device with a massive battery and storage capacity!

Conflict is like Frank's Red Hot Sauce, right? Like the commercial says, put it on everything, including your dialogue. Here's 10 Ways to Introduce Conflict in Dialogue.


Thanks so much for all your enthusiasm and support for what we do, you guys. I don't know what we'd do without you in our corner!

Here's to many new words on the page, and a lovely autumn. :)

Happy writing,


Angela & Becca