Angela Ackerman

Biography

Angela Ackerman is a writing coach, international speaker, and co-author of The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression, as well as four other bestselling writing guides. A proud indie author, her books are available in six languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world.

She is also the co-founder of the popular site, Writers Helping Writers, as well as One Stop for Writers, an innovative online library packed with unique tools and resources to help writers elevate their storytelling. A big supporter of paying-it-forward and fostering community, Angela is pathologically helpful. She lives with her delightfully strange family in Calgary, Alberta.

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Books

The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Psychological Trauma
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 113,030. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
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.
The Rural Setting Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Personal and Natural Places
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 105,550. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Thesauri
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The Rural Setting Thesaurus helps writers like never before by exploring over 100 school, home, and natural locations, providing the sensory details for each along with possible sources of conflict that can be found there. Also covered are many figurative language techniques that can be used to convey emotion and bring the setting to life, creating a vibrant, one-of-a kind experience for readers.
The Urban Setting Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to City Spaces
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 124,040. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Thesauri
(5.00)
The Urban Setting Thesaurus is the key to creating stronger, more powerful descriptions by showing writers how multisensory details can draw readers in and enhance the story. Through its sensory exploration of over 120 urban settings, this book will help writers create a realistic, textured world readers will long to return to, even after the book closes.
The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 81,960. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Thesauri, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
The Positive Trait Thesaurus is brimming with ideas to help authors develop one-of-a-kind, dynamic characters that readers will love. Extensively indexed, it contains a large selection of positive attributes to choose from when building a personality profile. With entries written in a user-friendly list format, this brainstorming resource is perfect for any character creation project.
The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Flaws
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 85,910. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
This book is a flaw-centric exploration of your character's arc, motivation, emotional wounds, and basic needs. Its vast collection of flaws will help writers to explore the possible causes, attitudes, behaviors, thoughts, and related emotions behind their characters’ weaknesses so they can be written effectively and realistically. Downloadable tools for character building are included.
The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 35,230. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
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The Emotion Thesaurus is a tool for writers who want to convey character emotion effectively. It spotlights 75 emotions and the body language cues, thoughts, and visceral responses for each. Also addressed are common emotion-related writing problems and methods to overcome them. This thesaurus encourages writers to show, not tell, emotion and is a brainstorming resource for any fiction project.

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