It’s coming…the second volume of The Conflict Thesaurus is releasing this September!
Becca and I can’t wait, seriously. This thesaurus book is not only intensely helpful, it’s been pretty fun to write (dreaming up fictional torture for our characters was good therapy after Covid, haha).
And now we’re asking for help.
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Launching a book is a big task, and one we need help with. And thankfully, many generous folks always step up to help, and we’re so grateful.
So what does a Street Team do, you ask?
In a nutshell, our Street Team helps raise visibility for our launch event so more people find it and can take advantage of giveaways and freebies. They might offer up a blog post to let people know about a launch event, share news on social media, review the book, and things like that.
People on the team get insider info (like the first look at our cover!) and a front row seat to our launch strategy, which can be helpful when it comes time to plan their own release. Being part of the Street Team doesn’t mean a mountain of work, either. We try to make it as easy to help as possible.
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(We’re looking for book reviewers too, folks who can make time over the summer to read the guide. If this sounds like you, just sign up and let us know.)
A bit about The Conflict Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Obstacles, Adversaries, and Inner Struggles, Volume 2
In this book we dig into 120 more delicious conflict scenarios, targeting new categories, so you always find the right way to stress your characters and (hopefully) nudge them toward discovering their own inner greatness.
Vol. 1 Categories
Vol. 2 Categories
Duty and Responsibility
Failures and Mistakes
Moral Dilemmas and Temptations
Pressure and Ticking Clocks
Dangers and Threats
Loss of Control
Losing an Advantage
And, like Volume 1, we dig deep into the element of conflict and show how it can be used to make a story unputdownable. We touch on many topics including Villains, Character Agency, the Climax, and how conflict is the golden thread that weaves your story together. You’ll come away knowing a boatload more about conflict and tension (even if you already have the first volume).
So when does this book release? September 6th. Woot!
Thank you as always for all your kind support, whether you have a bit of time to dedicate to Street Team activities or not. We greatly appreciate you all!
Angela is a writing coach, international speaker, and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also is a founder of One Stop For Writers, a portal to powerful, innovative tools to help writers elevate their storytelling.
I’m pumped!! These books have helped me to understand so much not just about my characters, but also myself. I hope some of your other thesauri, especially the symbolism thesaurus and the motivation thesaurus, are coming to print not too far in the future. I’m curious where you both are headed next. Since you’ve expanded well on the rest of the character framework from the emotional wound thesaurus (outer/inner motivation, outer/inner conflict, wound, fear, and lie believed), I’d be stoked for a resolution thesaurus. Instead of telling the readers, ‘This character has overcome their traumatic past,” I’d love to know how I can show that or how I can show they’re putting in the work required to get there. A cliche thesaurus would also be incredible, and so would a culture thesaurus– how cultures around the world express gratitude, as an example, so writers can think about how gestures of gratitude would look like in their fictional world. Or maybe you’re tired of writing reference books and would like to get back to writing your own works!
BECCA PUGLISI says
Hi, Ethan. I’m so glad you’re excited for this release. We’re pretty stoked about it too :). We do have an idea of what might be next on the publication front, but it’s not finalized yet, and because we’re neck-deep in this launch, that conversation has definitely been pushed to the back burner. I will say for sure that the culture thesaurus is one we won’t be able to publish. We’ve talked at different times about thesauruses around cultural norms, real-life locations, historical time periods, etc. We can see how this would help people, but the research involved for these is pretty severe. Also, I feel like a lot of those things can be found with a Google search, and we try to focus on topics that aren’t readily available elsewhere. As for your other ideas, they’re great suggestions. We’ll add them to the list of possibilities!
Toni Idowu says
I can’t wait to read it. All of your books have helped me and sparked so many ideas. I know this one will be a success too. Keep them coming
ANGELA ACKERMAN says
Thank you so much, Toni! We love hearing that these books are helping!