Breathing Life Into Your Characters
Create Convincing Characters That Readers—and Editors—Can't Resist!
It's the question that eternally plagues all good writers: How can you describe the thoughts and feelings of characters who have backgrounds or psychological aberrations with which you have no personal experience?
How can you describe the feelings of a drug addict if you've never been one? How can you write about being a prisoner if you've never been to jail? You can do all the research you want, but the question still remains: How do you convincingly portray characters if you've never lived in their skin?
In Breathing Life Into Your Characters, writing consultant and professional psychotherapist Rachel Ballon, Ph. D., shows you how to get in touch with the thoughts and feelings necessary to truly understand your characters—no matter what their background or life experiences. She'll show you how to:
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Fantastic!User Review - Caits - Borders
I bought this book on a whim one Saturday; a few of my friends have really in-depth Characterization books and Psychological Profile books, so I thought I would find one that was different and give it ... Read full review
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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
writing characters from the inside out
ghosts of the past your characters backstories
pulling the strings character motivation
less of you creating characters different from yourself
the psychology of characters and the writer what makes them tick
creating your villain tapping the shadow