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Character Emotions & Psyche: How They Shape You and Your Characters

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"Only connect the prose and the passion,and both will be exalted." - E. M. ForsterEmotions are the lifeblood of characters and of stories. Without emotional characters, you are just writing events, but you're not drawing your audience into your story. To be a successful writer, you want to create emotional characters so your audience will become emotionally involved with them. It's important for readers and viewers to become completely engrossed in the emotional world of your characters.As a script consultant and writers' psychotherapist, I've analyzed thousands of scripts during the past 20 years where so much attention has been given...

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On Journaling

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Journal writing is a wonderful way to know yourself and to discover exciting ideas inside you. There are many ways to apply journal writing. As a script consultant and as a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in Los Angeles, I have used journal writing with hundreds of writers and non-writers alike with amazing results. Journal writing is a healing tool that is cost-effective and helps people in times of stress, crisis and recovery. All you need to begin the journal writing process is a pen and paper. It doesn't matter whether you're writing a personal journal or using a journal...

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Character Emotions & Psyche: How They Shape You and Your Characters

Posted by Rachel Ballon on

"Only connect the prose and the passion,and both will be exalted."_x000D_ - E. M. ForsterEmotions are the lifeblood of characters and of stories. Without emotional characters, you are just writing events, but you're not drawing your audience into your story. To be a successful writer, you want to create emotional characters so your audience will become emotionally involved with them. It's important for readers and viewers to become completely engrossed in the emotional world of your characters.As a script consultant and writers' psychotherapist, I've analyzed thousands of scripts during the past 20 years where so much attention has been given...

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