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"This book should be in every writer's toolbox." Elizabeth Boyle NYT Bestselling Author"With warmth and humor, Eileen Cook utilizes her extensive experience as an author and counsellor to help novice and experienced writers build better characters. Eileen's incites, advice, and exercises will give writers a deeper understanding of their characters. . . And maybe even themselves."  Robyn Harding Bestselling Author of The Arrangement"In Building Better Characters, writers will learn how to get to the heart of their characters, and more importantly, how to translate this to the page, enriching their writing, deepening their stories. Using her experience as a professional counsellor, Cook shows writers how to delve into the psychology of their characters in order to give them depths that show who they are. Cook takes you on a fun and fascinating journey, complete with laugh-out-loud and a-ha moments. You'll wonder where this book has been all your writing life, and be doubly glad to have found it." Joelle Anthony Author of Speed of Life and Month of Mondays"Build Better Characters" is a fascinating, fresh take on the challenge of creating actual human beings on the page, whose actions and motivations we can relate to or understand - the stuff that drives our curiosity and makes us heavily invest in their story. I found this a very insightful and engaging read." Carol Mason Author of The Shadow Between Us

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ The Creative Academy (October 15, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 312 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1926691954
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1926691954
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.01 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.78 x 9 inches
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Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in nine different languages. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. She's a frequent speaker at conferences and is a writing mentor and coachhelping other authors find their voice.

You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at www.eileencook.com. Eileen lives in Vancouver with two dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.

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