This is one of the most original writer’s resource blogs I have discovered, and it’s a goldmine of information on many topics including:
- romantic scenes, break ups and all the soppy stuff
- mental illnesses of all kinds, including some you’ve never heard of
- character archetypes
- body image
- character flaws and criminology
- comic relief
- conflict, defence mechanisms etc
- social issues such as domestic violence, cults,
- physical illnesses including autism, Down’s Syndrome and many things
- dialogue and character inconsistency
- emotional revolution
- marital issues
… and if those haven’t piqued your interest, go look up Fascination by Mystique, countertransference, the Cotard Delusion, Nazism and Paris Syndrome. Plus, it is Christian friendly.
The blog and accompanying services are run by Jeannie Campbell, who is a licensed and highly experienced marriage and family therapist. She has turned her skills into a helpful resource where she “diagnoses make-believe people” to assist novelists. Jeannie also has a newsletter you can sign up for.
Need more help?
“Creating and Resolving Conflict in Fiction,” 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.
This book is not a “how to write” text. It is a user-friendly, introductory reference on the topics covered, which will enable you to write about them effectively. You don’t have to read it from cover to cover, it can be used as needed.
Some of the topics covered include:
- How to Fuel Conflicts and Misunderstandings
- What Character Traits Go With What Type of Person?
- Human Behaviour Is All About Patterns
- Using Power Dynamics
- Making or Breaking Character Relationships
Available in Kindle and pdf formats from this site: http://virtual-desk.com.au/conflict_in_fiction.html
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