Readers connect to characters with depth, ones who have experienced life’s ups and downs. To deliver key players that are both realistic and compelling, writers must know them intimately—not only who they are in the present story, but also what made them that way. Of all the formative experiences in a character’s past, none are more destructive than emotional wounds. The aftershocks of trauma can change who they are, alter what they believe, and sabotage their ability to achieve meaningful goals, all of which will affect the trajectory of your story.
Identifying the backstory wound is crucial to understanding how it will shape your character’s behavior, and The Emotional Wound Thesaurus can help. Inside, you’ll find:
• A database of traumatic situations common to the human experience
• An in-depth study on a wound’s impact, including the fears, lies, personality shifts, and dysfunctional behaviors that can arise from different painful events
• An extensive analysis of character arc and how the wound and any resulting unmet needs fit into it
• Techniques on how to show the past experience to readers in a way that is both engaging and revelatory while avoiding the pitfalls of info dumps and telling
• A showcase of popular characters and how their traumatic experiences reshaped them, leading to very specific story goals
• A Backstory Wound Profile tool that will enable you to document your characters’ negative past experiences and the aftereffects
Root your characters in reality by giving them an authentic wound that causes difficulties and prompts them to strive for inner growth to overcome it. With its easy-to-read format and over 100 entries packed with information, The Emotional Wound Thesaurus is a crash course in psychology for creating characters that feel incredibly real to readers.
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I didn’t know I needed this book until I read it
I got this book simply because all of the authors' other books have been amazing, so I bought this without questioning what might be in it. OMG. Seriously. I was struggling with my character's GMC for awhile, and this book helped so much. My only regret is that I have an e-book edition. I want the paperback so that I can go to town on it with my highlighter and post-it notes.
What I particularly liked, is that though many of the emotional wounds in this book are modern day life-based, it still really helped despite the fact that I write historical novels. Growing up in the public eye - a lot of the detail is about modern-day fame, but also really applies to being the daughter of a duke that spends all of her time in London society.
This book is such a help to anyone wanting to strengthen their characters. I highly recommend.
Fabulous writing resource
If you want a writing resource to help you write authentic, beliavable characters, you need The Emotional Wound Thesaurus. Filled with practical tips and excellent examples, the authors have created a must-have resource that answers questions of character goal, motivation and conflict, whilst delving into scenarios that explore the wounds characters face. One of the best writing resources I’ve come across.