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The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Psychological ...
by , Angela Ackerman

Language

English

Pages

326

Publication Date

October 18, 2017

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Readers connect to characters with depth, ones who have experienced life’s ups and downs. To deliver key players that are both realistic and compelling, writers must know them intimately—not only who they are in the present story, but also what made them that way. Of all the formative experiences in a character’s past, none are more destructive than emotional wounds. The aftershocks of trauma can change who they are, alter what they believe, and sabotage their ability to achieve meaningful goals, all of which will affect the trajectory of your story.<br /><br />Identifying the backstory wound is crucial to understanding how it will shape your character’s behavior, and The Emotional Wound Thesaurus can help. Inside, you’ll find:<br /><br />•A database of traumatic situations common to the human experience<br />•An in-depth study on a wound’s impact, including the fears, lies, personality shifts, and dysfunctional behaviors that can arise from different painful events<br />•An extensive analysis of character arc and how the wound and any resulting unmet needs fit into it<br />•Techniques on how to show the past experience to readers in a way that is both engaging and revelatory while avoiding the pitfalls of info dumps and telling<br />•A showcase of popular characters and how their traumatic experiences reshaped them, leading to very specific story goals<br />•A Backstory Wound Profile tool that will enable you to document your characters’ negative past experiences and the aftereffects <br /><br />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 easy-to-read format and over 100 entries packed with information, The Emotional Wound Thesaurus is a crash course in psychology for creating characters that feel incredibly real to readers. <br />
Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade
by Robert Cialdini

Language

English

Pages

433

Publication Date

September 06, 2016

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<b><i>*NEW YORK TIMES</i> and <i>WALL STREET JOURNAL</i> BESTSELLER</b><BR> *<b><i>Financial Times </i></b><b>Best Business Books of 2016<BR> *Inc.com’s Best Sales and Marketing Book of 2016</b><BR> <BR>The author of the legendary bestseller <i>Influence</i>, social psychologist Robert Cialdini shines a light on effective persuasion and reveals that the secret doesn’t lie in the message itself, but in the key moment before that message is delivered.<BR><BR>What separates effective communicators from truly successful persuaders? Using the same combination of rigorous scientific research and accessibility that made his <i>Influence</i> an iconic bestseller, Robert Cialdini explains how to capitalize on the essential window of time before you deliver an important message. This “privileged moment for change” prepares people to be receptive to a message before they experience it. Optimal persuasion is achieved only through optimal <i>pre</i>-suasion. In other words, to change “minds” a pre-suader must also change “states of mind.”<BR> <BR> His first solo work in over thirty years, Cialdini’s <i>Pre-Suasion</i> draws on his extensive experience as the most cited social psychologist of our time and explains the techniques a person should implement to become a master persuader. Altering a listener’s attitudes, beliefs, or experiences isn’t necessary, says Cialdini—all that’s required is for a communicator to redirect the audience’s focus of attention before a relevant action.<BR> <BR> From studies on advertising imagery to treating opiate addiction, from the annual letters of Berkshire Hathaway to the annals of history, Cialdini draws on an array of studies and narratives to outline the specific techniques you can use on online marketing campaigns and even effective wartime propaganda. He illustrates how the artful diversion of attention leads to successful pre-suasion and gets your targeted audience primed and ready to say, “Yes.”
The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression
by , Becca Puglisi

Language

English

Pages

174

Publication Date

May 09, 2012

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One of the biggest problem areas for writers is conveying a character's emotions to the reader in a unique, compelling way. This book comes to the rescue by highlighting 75 emotions and listing the possible body language cues, thoughts, and visceral responses for each. <br /><br />Using its easy-to-navigate list format, readers can draw inspiration from character cues that range in intensity to match any emotional moment. The Emotion Thesaurus also tackles common emotion-related writing problems and provides methods to overcome them. <br /><br />This writing tool encourages writers to show, not tell emotion and is a creative brainstorming resource for any fiction project. 
TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking
by Chris Anderson

Language

English

Pages

288

Publication Date

May 03, 2016

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<DIV><B><I>New York Times</I> Bestseller <BR /><BR /> “Catnip for all the TED fans out there.” <I>—Publishers Weekly</I></B><BR /><BR /><B>“The most insightful book ever written on public speaking . . . a must-read.” —Adam Grant, Wharton professor and <I>New York Times </I>best-selling author of <I>Give and Take</I> and<I> Originals</I></B><BR /><BR /> Since taking over TED in 2001, Chris Anderson has shown how carefully crafted talks can be the key to unlocking empathy, spreading knowledge, and promoting a shared dream. Done right, a talk can electrify a room and transform an audience’s worldview; it can be more powerful than anything in written form.<BR /><BR />This “invaluable guide” (<I>Publishers Weekly</I>) explains how the miracle of powerful public speaking is achieved, and equips you to give it your best shot. There is no set formula, but there are tools that can empower any speaker.  <DIV><BR />Chris Anderson has worked with all the TED speakers who have inspired us the most, and here he shares insights from such favorites as Sir Ken Robinson, Salman Khan, Monica Lewinsky and more — everything from how to craft your talk’s content to how you can be most effective on stage. This is a must-read for anyone who is ready to create impact with their ideas.<BR /> </DIV></DIV></DIV></DIV></DIV></DIV>
The Best Punctuation Book, Period: A Comprehensive Guide for Ever...
by June Casagrande

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

April 15, 2014

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<b>This all-in-one reference is a quick and easy way for book, magazine, online, academic, and business writers to look up sticky punctuation questions for all styles including AP (Associated Press), MLA (Modern Language Association), APA (American Psychological Association), and Chicago Manual of Style.</b><br /><br />Punctuate with Confidence—No Matter the Style<br /><br /> Confused about punctuation? There’s a reason. Everywhere you turn, publications seem to follow different rules on everything from possessive apostrophes to hyphens to serial commas. Then there are all the gray areas of punctuation—situations the rule books gloss over or never mention at all. At last, help has arrived.<br /> <br /> This complete reference guide from grammar columnist June Casagrande covers the basic rules of punctuation plus the finer points not addressed anywhere else, offering clear answers to perplexing questions about semicolons, quotation marks, periods, apostrophes, and more. Better yet, this is the only guide that uses handy icons to show how punctuation rules differ for book, news, academic, and science styles—so you can boldly switch between essays, online newsletters, reports, fiction, and magazine and news articles.<br /><br />This handbook also features rulings from an expert “Punctuation Panel” so you can see how working pros approach sticky situations. And the second half of the book features an alphabetical master list of commonly punctuated terms worth its weight in gold, combining rulings from the major style guides and showing exactly where they differ. With <i>The Best Punctuation Book, Period</i>, you’ll be able to handle any punctuation predicament in a flash—and with aplomb.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the...
by Simon Winchester

Language

English

Pages

288

Publication Date

October 13, 2009

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<p><strong><em>New York Times</em></strong><strong> Bestseller</strong></p><p>Simon Winchester’s classic about the making of the Oxford English Dictionary—soon to be a major motion picture starring Sean Penn and Mel Gibson.</p><p>The making of the Oxford English Dictionary was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor James Murray, was stunned to discover that one man, Dr. W. C. Minor, had submitted more than ten thousand. But their surprise would pale in comparison to what they were about to discover when the committee insisted on honoring him. For Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane.</p><p>Masterfully researched and eloquently written, <em>The Professor and the Madman</em> is an extraordinary tale of madness, genius, and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford English Dictionary—and literary history.</p><p><strong>“The linguistic detective story of the decade.... Winchester does a superb job of historical research.”—William Safire, <em>New York Times Magazine</em></strong><em><br /></em></p><p> </p><p><br /><br /></p><p><strong></strong> </p><p><strong></strong> </p><p><strong></strong> </p><p><strong></strong> </p><strong></strong><p><strong></strong> </p>
On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft
by Stephen King

Language

English

Pages

320

Publication Date

October 03, 2000

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Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.<BR><BR>“Long live the King” hailed <i>Entertainment Weekly</i> upon publication of Stephen King’s <i>On Writing</i>. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999—and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, <i>On Writing</i> will empower and entertain everyone who reads it—fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.
A World Without "Whom": The Essential Guide to Language in the Bu...
by Emmy J. Favilla

Language

English

Pages

400

Publication Date

November 14, 2017

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<i>A World Without "Whom" </i>is <i>Eats, Shoots & Leaves </i>for the internet age, and BuzzFeed global copy chief Emmy Favilla is the witty go-to style guru of webspeak. <br /> <br /> As language evolves faster than ever before, what is the future of "correct" writing? When Favilla was tasked with creating a style guide for BuzzFeed, she opted for spelling, grammar, and punctuation guidelines that would reflect not only the site's lighthearted tone, but also how readers actually use language IRL.<br /> <br /> With wry cleverness and an uncanny intuition for the possibilities of internet-age expression, Favilla makes a case for breaking the rules laid out by Strunk and White: A world without "whom," she argues, is a world with more room for writing that's clear, timely, pleasurable, and politically aware. Featuring priceless emoji strings, sidebars, quizzes, and style debates among the most lovable word nerds in the digital media world--of which Favilla is queen--<i>A World Without "Whom" </i>is essential for readers and writers of virtually everything: news articles, blog posts, tweets, texts, emails, and whatever comes next . . . so basically everyone.
Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deceptio...
by , Don Tennant

Language

English

Pages

274

Publication Date

July 17, 2012

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<p><b>Three former CIA officers—among the world's foremost authorities on recognizing deceptive behavior—share their proven techniques for uncovering a lie</b></p><p>Imagine how different your life would be if you could tell whether someone was lying or telling you the truth. Be it hiring a new employee, investing in a financial interest, speaking with your child about drugs, confronting your significant other about suspected infidelity, or even dating someone new, having the ability to unmask a lie can have far-reaching and even life-altering consequences.</p><p>As former CIA officers, Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero are among the world's best at recognizing deceptive behavior. <i>Spy the Lie </i>chronicles the captivating story of how they used a methodology Houston developed to detect deception in the counterterrorism and criminal investigation realms, and shows how these techniques can be applied in our daily lives.</p><p>Through fascinating anecdotes from their intelligence careers, the authors teach readers how to recognize deceptive behaviors, both verbal and nonverbal, that we all tend to display when we respond to questions untruthfully. For the first time, they share with the general public their methodology and their secrets to the art of asking questions that elicit the truth.</p><br /><br /><p><i>Spy the Lie</i> is a game-changer. You may never read another book that has a more dramatic impact on your career, your relationships, or your future.</p>
Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
by , Dan Heath

Language

English

Pages

306

Publication Date

January 02, 2007

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Chip Heath and Dan Heath's <i>Switch</i>.<br /><br /> Mark Twain once observed, “A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on.” His observation rings true: Urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas–business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others– struggle to make their ideas “stick.” <br /> <br /> Why do some ideas thrive while others die? And how do we improve the chances of worthy ideas? In <i>Made to Stick</i>, accomplished educators and idea collectors Chip and Dan Heath tackle head-on these vexing questions. Inside, the brothers Heath reveal the anatomy of ideas that stick and explain ways to make ideas stickier, such as applying the “human scale principle,” using the “Velcro Theory of Memory,” and creating “curiosity gaps.”<br /> <br /> In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds–from the infamous “kidney theft ring” hoax to a coach’s lessons on sportsmanship to a vision for a new product at Sony– draw their power from the same six traits.<br /> <br /> <i>Made to Stick </i>is a book that will transform the way you communicate ideas. It’s a fast-paced tour of success stories (and failures)– the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who drank a glass of bacteria to prove a point about stomach ulcers; the charities who make use of “the Mother Teresa Effect”; the elementary-school teacher whose simulation actually prevented racial prejudice. Provocative, eye-opening, and often surprisingly funny, <i>Made to Stick</i> shows us the vital principles of winning ideas–and tells us how we can apply these rules to making our own messages stick.

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