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By Rachel Ballon | Comments: ( 183 ) | Date: ( Nov 19, 2019 )

Psychotherapist Rachel Ballon teaches the reader how to use the principles of psychology to understand their characters better Through a mix of instruction, examples, and writing and visualization exercises, readers learn how to tap into their own stories and emotions to create realistic, complex characters.


  • Title: Breathing Life Into Your Characters: How to Give Your Characters Emotional & Psychological Depth
  • Author: Rachel Ballon
  • ISBN: 9781582971810
  • Page: 309
  • Format: Hardcover

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Comments Breathing Life Into Your Characters: How to Give Your Characters Emotional & Psychological Depth

  • Liza

    Creating characters based on psychology sounds like an interesting premise, but Ballon's theory is that to truly connect with a character you must connect with your own emotions. Many of her exercises have the reader asking themselves how they feel and memories to arouse certain situations. You're either going to buy the idea that to create fully fleshed characters you need to be one with your emotions or you're going to believe the whole concept to be hokey.I kept a middle of the road approach, [...]


  • Lisa

    There's a lot of very good thought-provoking material in this book, but I had a difficult time moving through it because the approach taken is to first look at oneself and the experiences we've had in our lives, write them down so that we can immerse ourselves in the sensory details of that experience, and then apply the same technique to a character we're creating. How we wrote about ourselves is how we need to let our character write about him- or herself.I think it would be a very helpful res [...]


  • Donald

    I took my time with this one and should probably go through it again. It reads like an overview on Psychology — call it Psych 101 — and less like a book on writing. That is precisely what I was looking for.There are exercises throughout the book, none of which I followed. But they are there. Perhaps on a second pass.What I really wanted from a book like this was the idea of melding dialogue with subtext, emotions and mannerisms, and ideas on the escalation of a psychological issue along with [...]


  • Josef

    Disorganized, humorless and vapid. Author writes in a near stream-of-consciousness, repeats herself, meanders around unrelated topics. She seems to have a hang-up about weight and keeps working it into analogies. 'Woman wants to lose weight, she easily loses a massive amount of weight by 'not eating candy', she finds love and is happy.' This is meant to be an example of good plotting that really delves into the character's psychology. Sub-101 information on both psychology and writing but any ot [...]


  • Jaymi

    As a fiction writer, I'm charged with creating characters that my audience will enjoy. Ballon's book takes writers thru the process of creating well-rounded characters using various psychological techniques. She describes lots of ways to make quirky, real characters by allowing yourself to examine them as they interact the real world. This books has lots of exercises and does get into how to make villians (shadow characters) as well. It was a good read and I'll be using many techniques in my own [...]


  • Monica Rodriguez

    Breathing Life into Your Characters has been a terrific help to me in improving my WIP (work in progress). The information was laid out clearly with great examples, and exercises followed every section so you could try out what you just learned. To the very end I was returning to my manuscript to use what I had learned. Without a doubt, my characters will be fuller, more real creations because of Ballon's book.


  • Jason Koivu

    Ballon's book is almost more about psychology than writing, which was what I was looking for. The need to add detail to layer your fictional creations is driven home time and again fact, once or twice I thought I was rereading the same chapter. I don't know that this book is what every writer needs, but as long as what you're writing includes human characters, reading it can only be an asset.


  • Linda Leon

    This is one of the best books I have read on character developement. Her style is rather repetitive but I think she does that to nail in her concepts. What I liked about the book is that she teaches the importance of analyzing your character as if you were doing a psychological profile - like you were a detective or being involved in criminal investigations. When I read the chapter on creating the evil/bad guy protagonist I could literally feel chills. Would recommend.


  • James

    This is one of the two best books that I've read on character development for writers.


  • Kay Honeyman

    This book goes way beyond the normal character development strategies. The author is a psychotherapist who consults with authors. She has many valuable insights!


  • Melissa

    Great book to get into your character's head when writing.


  • Michalyn

    Not comprehensive but with some strong points, especially the sections on psychological and personality disorders.


  • Cynthia Sims

    A friend just gave me a boatload of encouraging writing books. I could cry. Ask if you want to borrow any.


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