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The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: How False Beliefs, Fears, and Human Needs Are Connected

Just like real people, our characters have a plethora of past experiences that play a part in molding who they become. While these experiences, good and bad, affect their personalities, it is often the harrowing ones that have the most impact. … Continue reading

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Become a Story Genius: How Your Character’s Misbelief Drives The Plot

We’re welcoming story coach Lisa Cron to the blog today. Her new book, Story Genius, released not long ago and is traveling toward me via drone, or spaceship, or whatever thing Amazon’s using these days. I can’t wait for it … Continue reading

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The Big Lie: Encouraging your Readers to Suspend Disbelief

We are happy to welcome Laura Pauling, who has pushed through the publishing craziness to release her newest book! I had the pleasure of reading an advanced copy of HEIST while I was on vacation, and, as you can see … Continue reading

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How To “Level Up” Your Character’s Wound

Every writer who has spent time studying the craft writing knows of the character wound, and that they are the foundation of a strong, memorable character. Why? Because they make characters complex, authentic (I challenge you to find me a … Continue reading

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The Destructive Power of The Lie Your Character Believes

We are often our own biggest critics, aren’t we? Whenever something goes wrong, we feel disappointed, frustrated, upset, or hurt. The fallout might cause others around us to suffer too, causing further anguish and guilt. When this happens, unless the … Continue reading

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Characters As Mirrors

I’ve been thinking lately about something that Angela and I touch on in all of our books: The Mirror of Real Life. It’s this idea that something in our stories is like a mirror for readers that reflects back to … Continue reading

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Overcoming an Emotional Wound (Character Arc Help)

Of all the pieces of backstory we should understand as authors, none are more important than our protagonist’s Emotional Wound. A powerful statement, but here’s why. Think about your own life for a moment. The experiences you had in your … Continue reading

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Emotional Wound Thesaurus Sample Entry

Sourced from The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma  (Now Available in Print & Digital) ACCIDENTALLY KILLING SOMEONE EXAMPLES Driving a car in which a passenger, pedestrian, or cyclist is killed Unknowingly serving food to someone who’s … Continue reading

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Critiques 4 U!

This weekend was an absolute blast as I shared some character building tips with a fine bunch of romance writers in Dallas. I’ve been working on this presentation for a while, and now that it’s done, I’m looking forward to getting back … Continue reading

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Emotional Wound Entry: Being Bullied

When you’re writing a character, it’s important to know why she is the way she is. Knowing her backstory is important to achieving this end, and one of the most impactful pieces of a character’s backstory is her emotional wound. This negative experience from the … Continue reading

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