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.

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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Critiques 4 U

Well, folks, in case you hadn’t noticed, it’s October. For me, that means ordering Halloween costumes, enjoying the leaves changing color, and baking all the pumpkin stuff.  On the blogging front, Ange and I kicked off our Resident Writing Coach … Continue reading

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Finding Your Way Into Your Story

I recently avoided a workshop assignment that should have been completed in no more than an hour because I couldn’t find a way into my story. This workshop generates significant, raw material for me. New characters and compelling stories emerge; … Continue reading

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Character Motivation Thesaurus Entry: Stopping an Event from Happening

Before we jump into today’s thesaurus entry, I wanted to let you know that I’m at Adventures in YA Publishing, talking about 3 Kinds of Story Arcs. If you’re curious to know which one is (or should be) in your story, hop … Continue reading

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