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The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Psychological Trauma (Writers Helping Writers Series) Paperback – October 13, 2017

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"Angela and Becca have done it again! Yet another valuable resource to add to your writing collection. I've been exploring backstory wounds for decades. This emotional guide adds depth to your characters, meaning to your plots, and promises richer, truer, and more stirring stories."
~Martha Alderson, author of the best-selling Plot Whisperer books


"This is far more than a brilliant, thorough, insightful and unique thesaurus, this is the best primer on story - and what it is that REALLY hooks and holds readers - that I have ever read. What good is "writing well" if you haven't zeroed in on the essence of the story you're telling? This book peels back the layers to reveal not only where the beating heart of your story lies, but how to then get it onto the page. It won't just make your writing deeper, richer and more gripping, it very well may transform how you see the world - it doesn't get better than that."
~Lisa Cron, author of Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere)


"The Emotional Wound Thesaurus is a must-read for authors who want to write engaging, emotional stories with characters who leap off the page." 
~Jennifer Probst, NYT & USA Today bestselling author


"Emotional trauma, rightly used, will greatly increase the strength of the reader's bond with your characters. But how can a writer avoid clichés while brainstorming this backstory material? Once again, Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi supply the answer."  
~ James Scott Bell, International Thriller Writers Award winner


"This book is an invaluable resource providing situations that led to the character's emotional wound, false beliefs, fears and responses that impact personality, as well as triggers and opportunities that can lead into plot ideas. It's a great addition to the thesaurus collection from Ackerman & Puglisi." 
Joanna PennNYT & USA Today bestselling author

About the Author

Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are bestselling authors, writing coaches, and international speakers. Their books are available in five languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. Angela and Becca also co-founded their popular Writers Helping Writers site, a hub where authors can hone their craft, as well as One Stop For Writers, an innovative online library built to help writers elevate their storytelling.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ JADD Publishing (October 13, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 325 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0989772594
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0989772594
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.25 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7 x 0.74 x 10 inches
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Excellent reference - from beginning to end! Showcases personality traits that may emerge due to emotional wounds a person has suffered, along with triggers that may aggravate a wound and opportunities for a person to overcome a previous wound. Perfect for helping one write a developed and believable story line! I highly recommend this book. Please mark if you find my review helpful. Thank you so much!
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I saw a previous post that stated that print in the physical book looked horrible, so I was hesitant to purchase it. However, I decided to just take a chance and I’m glad that I did. Everything looks perfect! The content is GREAT, but my main reason for making this post was to provide any concerned potential purchaser with a bit of ease and let them know that the physical book is also a good option for purchase.
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