Author Archives: BECCA PUGLISI

About BECCA PUGLISI

Becca Puglisi is an international speaker, writing coach, and bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus and its sequels. Her books are available in five languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. She is passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with others through her Writers Helping Writers blog and via One Stop For Writers—a powerhouse online library created to help writers elevate their storytelling. You can find Becca online at both of these spots, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

Critiques 4 U

Critiques 4 U! CONTEST CLOSED! Happy weekend, everyone! We missed our monthly critique contest last month due to December craziness, so now that we’re fully into January, I’m excited to get back into the critiquing groove. If you’re working on a … Continue reading

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Character Motivation Entry: Catching the Bad Guy/Girl

What does your character want? This is an important question to answer because it determines what your protagonist hopes to achieve by the story’s end. If the goal, or outer motivation, is written well, readers will identify fairly quickly what the overall story … Continue reading

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Finding the Sweet Starting Spot for Your Story

  I used to hate writing story openings. I could never find the right spot the first time around. Sometimes, I started too far into the current story, leaving readers scratching their heads and squinting as they tried to figure … Continue reading

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Character Motivation Thesaurus Entry: Finding a Lifelong Partner

What does your character want? This is an important question to answer because it determines what your protagonist hopes to achieve by the story’s end. If the goal, or outer motivation, is written well, readers will identify fairly quickly what the overall story … Continue reading

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Critiques 4 U

Happy first day of December, people! Are you getting into the Christmas spirit? Rumor has it Angela is almost done with her Christmas shopping. Let’s all pause to send dirty looks in her general direction… Ahh. I feel better about not … Continue reading

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An Interview with Agent Mark Gottlieb

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Before we get started, I just wanted to remind everyone that we’re currently running two Goodreads giveaways: one is for a print copy of The Urban Setting Thesaurus and the other is for a print copy of The Rural Setting Thesaurus. … Continue reading

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Character Motivation Thesaurus Entry: Restoring One’s Name or Reputation

Character’s Goal (Outer Motivation): Restoring one’s name or reputation Forms This Might Take: Proving one’s innocence upon being falsely accused of something Overcoming a stigma brought on by a relative or ancestor Proving to others that one has changed (after overcoming … Continue reading

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Christmas Shopping Made Easy

We writers are an eclectic group. Our creativity spills out through the written word but also can manifest in other ways. In addition to writing, some of us paint, knit, make jewelry, craft handmade cards, sculpt, crochet, make music, and do … Continue reading

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Character Motivation Thesaurus Entry: Beating a Diagnosis or Condition

What does your character want? This is an important question to answer because it determines what your protagonist hopes to achieve by the story’s end. If the goal, or outer motivation, is written well, readers will identify fairly quickly what the overall story … Continue reading

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Character Motivation Thesaurus Entry: Mending a Broken Relationship

What does your character want? This is an important question to answer because it determines what your protagonist hopes to achieve by the story’s end. If the goal, or outer motivation, is written well, readers will identify fairly quickly what the overall story … Continue reading

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