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Build Better Characters: The psychology of backstory & how to use it in your writing to hook readers Paperback – October 15, 2019
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Compelling characters are what keeps readers turning pages and buying books — from fantasies to mysteries to the great literary novel. But how to do you create characters that feel three dimensional and real on the page? Counsellor and author Eileen Cook shares common psychological techniques to help you build your characters and take your story to the next level.
Covering understanding your character's backstory and how it impacts their choices in your book by doing a structured counselling interview, personality structure (Myers Briggs and Emotional Intelligence) and how that may lead to conflict, and understand dissecting the Stages of Change to see how your character moves through them .
Filled with practical tips, examples and prompts this is a craft book you will return to over and over.
This is the second book in the Creative Academy Guides for Writers series. Be sure to check out the rest of the guides for writers in this series.
- Scrappy Rough Draft by Donna Barker
- Build Better Characters by Eileen Cook
- Strategic Series Author by Crystal Hunt
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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
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #77,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eileen Cook's brilliant book gives you the insight of a therapist trained to understand and coach your characters through their most difficult life circumstances. And she'll help you too.
This will quickly become one of the staple books in your writer's library!
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You’ll probably learn more from great authors whose scopes of perceptions are much wider, if you wish to expand your views and to get inspirations for character building.
The author just borrowed psychological concepts and I find the manner by which the author relayed these concepts to be very dull and limited.
I’m a hard critic on this book as it was published under the banner of “Creative Academy For Writers”, yet I don’t find the styles of writing to be creative at all.
Just my 2 cents