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I bought this for my son in prison who is interested in keeping his mind busy and is learning about creating stories. He said it was a very interesting and good book and I chose well. I can't really give more of a review than that since I did not read it myself.
I already has my characters and plotline planned for a while, but gave this a read after a hiatus to see if I could improve my original plan and I really think it helped! It had fantastic insight into the psychology of characters and how to not only make them flawed and interesting but how to guide them to change through the eyes of how counselors evaluate and help their clients. The question prompts gave me hours of work evaluating exactly how my character's minds worked and how best to go about their transformation over the course of the story, even when I thought I had most of that figured out already. I'm also neurodivergent myself so having extra insight into how other brains work in general is always helpful. Great, helpful read that I highly recommend!
I used this book for help in screenwriting, not novel writing, and what I found most useful is to see character from the perspective of the psychologist. WHY do we do what we do? There's a mountain of books out there on how to write character. This one gives you the psychological underpinnings, a unique approach and highly useful. It would get all the stars if it was focused on screenplays instead of novels, but now I’m just being greedy.
As an author I like to create characters that readers relate to, this book provides solid advice for getting inside your character's heads so that when you put them into situations they behave as real people would. Generating fresh intriguing characters is the lifeblood of fiction. If you are a fiction writer, whether you are writing your first novel or your fifty-first novel, this book will help you bring your characters to life.
An amazing book! Lots of knowledge is shared within this novel. It can be used as quick referral or you can power through and read the whole book. Either way it has great information for authors at any level. Well done.
I really enjoyed how in-depth the information in the book was, and the Your Turn questions were fantastic for helping me flesh out my characters. The questions are also compiled in the back of the book all together which is super convenient.