Breathing Life Into Your Characters

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Writer's Digest Books, Oct 21, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 242 pages
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Psychotherapist Rachel Ballon teaches the reader how to use the principles of psychology to understand their characters better. Through a mix of instruction, examples, and writing and visualization exercises, readers learn how to tap into their own stories and emotions to create realistic, complex characters.
 

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Rachel Ballons work as a therapist and writing instructor provides a wonderful journey through the psyche of characters. Informative wellorganized and thoughtful. Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
writing characters from the inside out
6
ghosts of the past your characters backstories
20
pulling the strings character motivation
37
less of you creating characters different from yourself
49
the psychology of characters and the writer what makes them tick
68
creating your villain tapping the shadow
84
the heart of drama injecting feelings into your characters
104
coping with conflict characters defense mechanisms and masks
129
dysfunctional families secrets myths and lies
151
creating real people disorders and troubled personalities
184
lasting impressions body language dialogue and subtext
216
Index
239
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Rachel Ballon, PhD. is the founder/director of the Writer's Center in Los Angeles, where she consults with writers individually and conducts classes on journal writing

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