Resources For Writers

From book reviews and recommendations to tips about the craft and updates on the changing publishing landscape, this is where you will find a range of information to help you improve your writing.

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Poe’s Philosophy Of Composition [long]

Poe’s Philosophy Of Composition [long]

From: Graham’s Magazine, vol. XXVIII, no. 4, April 1846, 28:163-167 CHARLES DICKENS, in a note now lying before me, alluding to an examination I once made of the mechanism of “Barnaby Rudge,” says — “By the way, are you aware that Godwin wrote his ‘Caleb Williams’...

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Mastering Conflict, by Sarah MacLean

Mastering Conflict, by Sarah MacLean

New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages. Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus...

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The Negative Trait Thesaurus

The Negative Trait Thesaurus

Through its flaw-centric exploration of character arc, motivation, emotional wounds, and basic needs, writers will learn which flaws make the most sense for their heroes, villains, and other members of the story’s cast.

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The Positive Trait Thesaurus

The Positive Trait Thesaurus

If you find character creation difficult or worry that your cast members all seem the same, The Positive Trait Thesaurus is brimming with ideas to help you develop one-of-a-kind, dynamic characters that readers will love. Extensively indexed, with entries written in a...

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The Urban Setting Thesaurus

The Urban Setting Thesaurus

The Urban Setting Thesaurus helps you tailor each setting to your characters while creating a realistic, textured world readers will long to return to, even after the book closes. 

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The Rural Setting Thesaurus

The Rural Setting Thesaurus

The Rural Setting Thesaurus takes “show-don’t-tell” to new heights. It offers writers a roadmap to creating fresh setting imagery that impacts the story on multiple levels while keeping readers engaged from the first page to the last.

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The Emotional Wound Thesaurus

The Emotional Wound Thesaurus

Identifying the backstory wound is crucial to understanding how it will shape your character’s behaviour. 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...

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The Emotion Thesaurus

The Emotion Thesaurus

One of the biggest struggles for writers is how to convey emotion to readers in a unique and compelling way. When showing our characters’ feelings, we often use the first idea that comes to mind, and they end up smiling, nodding, and frowning too much. If you need...

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Still #1: Emotional Wound Thesaurus

Still #1: Emotional Wound Thesaurus

I was privileged to have been randomly selected to do an early review of The Emotional Wound Thesaurus. As excited as I was to have early access to another invaluable resource from Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi, I was nervous about tackling a text of several...

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Emotional Wound Thesaurus Links

Emotional Wound Thesaurus Links

The Emotional Wounds Thesaurus is the premier reference for writers and readers in general who wish to improve their knowledge about human behaviour, particularly as it relates to the impact of painful events in shaping our lives and our actions in the present....

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