Remember that one time a clown snuck into your room in the middle of the night and tossed a baby crocodile in your bed because he thought it was funny? Do you still have the teeth marks to prove it happened? Sorry to bring up an old memory that’s better left forgotten, but let me ask you, has that one night affected your future to the point that you can’t even go to a circus in the middle of the zoo without breaking down?
If this story sounds familiar, then you’re not alone. (Well, I’m not saying that’s my experience, just that it’s probably someone’s experience.) Everyone has a past that affects the way they think and act today, and your character (as do you) has such a past.
Now, maybe you don’t yet know that past. That’s what backstory is for. But at some point you’ll want to know, and what better time than in the pre-planning phase? This means figuring out a lot of details, like his or her traits (as we discussed last week) and his career (as we will discuss next week), but it also means figuring out what scars him, and that’s what we discuss this week.
Welcome back to The Writer’s Bookshelf. This week, we’re covering The Emotional Wound Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Bella Puglisi, or what you might consider their most requested thesaurus. If you wanted to know why your character can’t go into a public restroom alone, then this book might help you figure out the reason.
Get it at the link below, and be sure to check out my companion video where I discuss it in more detail.
by Angela Ackerman & Bella Puglisi
· Paperback: 325 pages
· ISBN-10: 0989772594
· ISBN-13: 978-0989772594
· Publisher: JADD Publishing (October 13, 2017)
Note: This book and other thesauruses by Angela Ackerman and Bella Puglisi contain entries that can also be checked online via their database of definitions at One Stop for Writers. This service not only contains the same entries that you can find within this and other books in the series, but they have additional categories exclusive to the service (like weather and color thesauruses), as well as a character creator that allows you to integrate traits, emotional wounds, etc. directly into character creation. If you’re an industrious writer who likes to know his or her character before writing about him, then check it out.
Check out other entries in the Writer’s Bookshelf series here.
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