Hi everyone! Today’s post is just a quick heads up to let you know The Emotional Wound Thesaurus is Amazon’s Daily Kindle Deal and only a buck. (Affiliate link – thanks for keeping our lights on)
I know, emotional trauma sounds a bit dark.
And it is…which is exactly why we need to understand how to use it in storytelling.
In the real world, painful events are not forgotten. They leave a mark. They change us, causing fears to take hold, trust issues to develop, and push us to avoid people and situations that could reawaken our hurt. They also can hold us back in small and big ways, leading to unhappiness and unmet needs.
They will cause your character a great deal of strife, too.
If your story involves an inner transformation–good or bad–you need to know what your character’s unresolved emotional wounds are. They will have a big role to play in character arc, and will help steer their actions, choices, and decisions.
The better we know our characters, the easier they are to write and the more authentic their behavior and beliefs will feel to readers. So if you need help with formative backstory and understanding how it will influence the story, check The Emotional Wound Thesaurus out.
While I have you here…
A new thesaurus writing guide is coming: The Conflict Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Obstacles, Adversaries, and Inner Struggles (Vol 1). Like all our books, it takes a deep dive into conflict and how to maximize it to build tension, challenge characters as they traverse their arcs, raise the stakes, and keep readers emotionally invested right up to the end.
This guide profiles an array of obstacles, challenges, problems, ticking clocks, no-win scenarios, temptations, moral struggles and more, helping you to plot a story worthy of your character.
ARC reader sound bites:
“A priceless resource for any writer…”
“Full of potential conflict and plot ideas…”
“Everything a writer needs to strengthen story conflict…”
“So much more than just a “thesaurus”. It’s a tutor, a guide, and a writing mentor all crammed into one…”
“Angela and Becca have done it again—and left no conflict stone unturned…”
This book releases October 12th, and while there is no preorder, if you add your name to this list, we’ll send you a notification the moment it’s available!
Have a great day, everyone!