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This book dissects conflict into its component parts; looks at how it works and helps you generate conflict plot-lines and themes which will add richness and realism to your work. The principles apply to any kind of fiction, regardless of the length, characters or genre. It is written by a writing teacher who also has a background in counselling.
Topics covered include:
- A Word of Encouragement for Writers
- The Most Important Thing About Conflict
- How to Fuel Conflicts and Misunderstandings
- What Character Traits Go With What Type of Person?
- Human Behaviour Is All About Patterns
- Using Power Dynamics
- Not Too Easy To Swallow: Avoiding Nauseating Resolutions
- Making or Breaking Character Relationships
- Secrecy and the Death of Trust
- When Do Good Guys Morph Into Foes?
Creating and Resolving Conflict in Fiction is the first book in the Four Dimensional Characterisation Series. The series has been written to give writers an insight into the aspects of psychology that are the most invaluable for fiction writers. It will assist you in creating personality traits and behaviour patterns which make your characters realistic, unique and believable. This book in the series is focussed on conflict in any kind of relationship.
Review from Valerie Caraotta: “This resource is very good for writers because if the attempt is to build characters around certain emotional states it becomes imperative to accurately write a work of fiction that is realistic. Author Cate Russell-Cole shares the reality that what others see and hear must be something they have encountered and can relate to easily. Because it is critical to bring characters to life in a convincing way she provides the psychology behind various mental states including depression, grief, psychological shock, fear, shame, and also the severity of schizophrenia and multiple personality disorder.
I greatly tuned my ears into all she offered when providing the characteristics of each state because she came from a counseling background. Knowing the duration of grief stages will help you create appropriate time frames built into novels. The reader will become much more engaged in your work and you will gain greater credibility.
This is a book that could revolutionize your writing and bring it to another level. There are other books in this series also worth considering. It is set at a bargain price for the information that will be presented.”
Whether you are writing fiction, memoir, poetry, short stories, plays, screenplays or music, the ability of your work to touch others depends on how they relate to the messages you are conveying. What they see and hear must be something they have encountered and can relate to easily; or it must be shared in another way they can grasp. Often that is done through the only common element every human being has: knowing what emotions feel like.
You can read a story about events which have never happened to you, but still laugh or cry over what is occurring with the characters. Why? Because you know what it is to experience pain, joy, fear, rejection, envy, fatigue, laughter, grief, ecstasy or doubt too. This is the magic that makes stories work. The tricky part, is conjuring up the right spell or your reader will not be fooled.
This e-book is a full of the incantations you need to bring your characters to life in a way that is emotionally realistic. There are no short cuts to “happily ever after” endings, which leave your plot line hollow and sounding fake. The book contains introductory level psychology which will give you an insight into how emotions and events weave us together into a whole or hurting person.
Topics include: change, motivation, healing emotional trauma, post traumatic growth, grief, shock, super-egos and inferiority, escapism, fatal flaws, phobias, shame, violence, character types, suicide prevention, schizophrenia and multiple personality disorder. This is the second book in the Four Dimensional Characterisation Series.
“Thanks, I enjoyed opening up to my creativity interesting that when I started looking into my own creativity I found a dearth of information and help just kind of flowed to me”
“Very enjoyable course; inspiring and motivating.”
This e-book will help you turn your dreams into reality! It explores the process and practical aspects of creativity; and has been written for artists, writers, musicians, dancers, gardeners, cooks, craft lovers: anyone trying to tap into their creative potential. It looks at the mental processing behind creativity; philosophies that drive how we think about and assess our creative worth; creative character traits; historical role models; an extensive bibliography and web link list and more. The content is practical, not just analytical. It will give you ideas on how to move forward in your creative life.
- Capturing the Muse
- Quieting the Internal Censor
- Building A Creative Space
- Working With Failure
- Finding Direction
- Techniques To Use
I’ve worked with writers both as an autobiography teacher and as a mentor. In 2011 I began a blog project to equip, encourage and share resources with writers of all genres; and which addresses the challenges and frustrations of writers in the digital age. This book contains the best of those articles. It has been written for all genres of writers and all forms of publication.
- Measuring the Value of Your Work in a Digital Age
- Healing Creative Injuries
- Creative Dark Matter: Clear Out What’s Holding You Down
- Bomb Proofing Your Writer’s Ego
- Handling Criticism
- Moving Ahead in Small Steps: Why Revolutions Rarely Work
- Fat Free, Guilt Free Blogging Goals
- Escaping Mental Quicksand: Your “Time of Readiness”
- Is Your Writing Life Stuck Under Your Mouse?
- Balancing the Blogging Load
- Writers and Depression: Debunking the Stereotypes
- Writers Should Be Bathed in Blue: Boosting Your Productivity
- Which Wins? Creative Pleasure or Word Count?
- Petwrification: A Health Warning for All Writers
I chose the image and title of the phoenix rising from the ashes in response to the battles writers face. I personally relate to the need to choose to rise upwards: away from the fire and into a clear sky to start again. If your creative energy is low, your word count flagging or the downsides of being a writer are taking away your joy, I hope this book will give you new strength and hope with which to spread your wings and find new freedom.
Prayer Journal Workshop has been designed to encourage you to start and maintain your own prayer journal: a way of praying on paper. The workshop content is a mixture of inspiration, how-to and practical exercises. It is suitable for any age group, from fourteen years upwards. It is specifically Christian.
Cate Russell-Cole: Artios Communications is a registered Independent Publisher and qualified training provider, offering journalism services and local or Internet based training in areas such as fiction writing, autobiography / memoir writing, psychology, marketing, public relations and creativity. CommuniCATE Resources for Writers is a free service offered by Artios to support the writing community.