Hi everyone! I thought with the release of The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma, I’d do a round up of posts on emotional wounds to help with this super-challenging area.
Today I am over at Jane Friedman’s blog looking at Using Dysfunctional Behavior to Reveal Characters’ Emotional Wounds. This post looks at some of the negative defense mechanisms we can use to hint to readers that the character is struggling with the pain of an emotional wound.
If you want to back up the bus a bit and really go over What Is an Emotional Wound? then Becca’s got this covered. (It’s an excerpt from the book, too!) She’s also written about why it’s so important to identify this negative past experience.
You can find ideas on uncovering your character’s emotional wound here and here, and if you want to understand what “type” of wound your character has, try Understanding Wounds: A List of Common Themes. You can also find tips here on how to personalize a wound to minimize or maximize its effect on a character.
If you want to better grasp how emotional wounds lead to personality flaws and other types of dysfunctional emotional shielding, check out How Your Hero’s Past Pain Determines His Character Flaws.
Also, swing by the Tools for Writers page because we’ve already uploaded tools from The Emotional Wound book. We think you’ll find the Character Arc Progression Tool and the Backstory Wound Profile VERY helpful!
If you’d like to check out The Emotional Wound Thesaurus just visit this page here. You can also add it to your Goodreads shelf and view a sample entry: Accidentally Killing Someone.
Finally, if you want to use an expanded version of the Emotional Wound Thesaurus, hop on over to One Stop for Writers, where this thesaurus hangs out with 13 other ones. Plus there’s a terrific tutorial on emotional trauma that you can access just by registering (free.) We’re adding new thesaurus entries all the time, so stop by if you like.