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The Conflict Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Obstacles, Adversaries, and Inner Struggles

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Are you maximizing the power of conflict in your story—choosing the right scenarios that will build tension and high stakes, challenge characters as they traverse their arcs, and most importantly, keep readers emotionally invested from beginning to end?

Inside Volume 1 of The Conflict Thesaurus, you’ll find:

* A myriad of conflict options in the form of relationship friction
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Published October 12th 2021 by JADD Publishing
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Sacha Black
Sep 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
One for every writer's bookshelf.

Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi should be on every writer's bookshelf. Conflict is at the core of story and this book will teach you why as well as how to craft exquisite conflict that both creates killer stakes for your characters and hooks your readers for life.

Ackerman-Puglisi's thesaurus is so much more than just a "thesaurus". It's a tutor, a guide, and a writing mentor all crammed into one thesaurus. Not only that, but packed into the front end of their l
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Peggy Jaeger
Oct 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
As a writer of romantic fiction, I must always instill conflict in my storyline. This book - this wonderful book! - has been so helpful since I rec'd an arc and then purchased it! The book is broken down into categories and lists everything that would be helpful for a writer to know when constructing a character arc and story arc. I can't wait for volume 2~~ ...more
Cheryl Rainfield
Oct 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Writers, you need this book.

The Conflict Thesaurus is an incredibly helpful book for writers. You can't have story without conflict. Conflict advances the plot, and forces the character to make decisions and to act.

The first fifth of the book has valuable articles on conflict--why we need it and how to use it in story--even ways you might not have thought of such as through setting, weather, adding an audience to a failure, and more. Ackerman and Puglisi break down internal and external conflic
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Harley Christensen
Sep 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writing, non-fiction
Ready to take your story from “Meh…” to “Couldn’t put it down!”?

Nothing’s worse than leaving readers feeling less than satisfied when they finish your book — if they finish it — because they failed to connect with your characters, or the plot fell flat as the characters aimlessly meandered from scene to scene without anything really happening.

When we fail to throw roadblocks at our characters that prevent them from achieving their wants/desires/goals, there’s nothing at stake, nothing for them t
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Timi V
Oct 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Like all of their thesauruses, they are not just a great tool for writers but also can be considered an engaging and helpful psychology textbook. If you use it as a writer you will understand the psychological needs of a character and how humans work, however I also recommend this book as a semi self-help book since the writing and the questions at the beginning can help solve our own conflicts. The writing is really good, funny, making us reflect deeper on our character’s inner world and a lot ...more
Wendy Hewlett
Oct 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Puglisi and Ackerman certainly do not disappoint. The Conflict Thesaurus is a great addition to the Emotion Thesaurus Family, a series which should hold a prominent position on every writers desk. This invaluable resource explains conflict and how to use it in your writing and provides excellent examples and scenarios of varying conflict categories.
I’ve been a big fan of this series since I first got my hands on an Emotion Thesaurus. The Conflict Thesaurus now sits among its siblings on my writ
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Allison Collins
Oct 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t know about you, but I loathe conflict.

Nobody wants conflict in their life, right? But good authors know that conflict is an essential building block for a book that will keep readers turning the page. Conflict is a necessary part of every story, every plot, even how characters grow and change.

External conflict can be easier to figure out – roadblocks, ticking timebombs, people getting in the way of the main character’s goal.

But INNER conflict is much more difficult to write. As an aut
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Soquel
Dec 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I can't tell you how helpful this resource is. There are nearly 50 pages of explanation in the beginning and an impressive list of conflicts broken down into different categories. I can't wait for the second volume. I would recommend this to all writers. ...more
Brandi MacCurdy
Sep 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
And they've done it again, you guys. Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi have another book in their Thesaurus Series - this one all about Conflict. And the best part? It's VOLUME 1.

If you are not familiar, Writers Helping Writers is an endless resource for any level of author out there. The website is a treasure trove of information that seems refilling everytime you check it out.

Part of their immense stock, is the The Thesaurus Series. Each book in the series dives into a different aspect of de
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M.E. Browning
Sep 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge fan of the thesaurus series by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. On October 12th, the CONFLICT THESAURUS joins the lineup. Like any thesaurus, it offers a place to start, a way to spark your own creativity or remind you of an angle you may not have considered. Then it's up to you to build your prose into something uniquely yours. I've had a sneak peek. The first 59 pages discuss the craft aspect of conflict (in clear, concise language) and the remaining pages are dedicated to offeri ...more
Annie Lima
Sep 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a great resource for writers! Many of the types of conflict listed here were ones I had never even thought of including in a story. The book does a great job of presenting lots of aspects of conflict, including examples of each type and ways in which they can affect characters. After I’ve finished the first draft of my next novel, I plan to go through each scene and look up each type of conflict I’ve used, and check this book for insights and details I may want to add. This will be a val ...more
Andrea Koehler
Sep 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It offers exceptional detail on categories and levels of conflict, as well as individual entries.
Victoria Williams
So much valuable information that is presented in a way that is easy to use and will be sure to make this book side at the side of our computer as you write. I think this is the best of the books in the series and would recommend it to both established writers and newbies. Thank you for the great information.
Jemi Fraser
Sep 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In a word: Fantastic!

I'm a romance writer and I love happy endings! In real life, I've been a teacher for more than a couple of decades. I'm great at defusing conflict and alleviating stress. But as we all know, every good story needs conflict. The better the conflict, the better the story, and the better the happy ending! Cue stress for this mediator personality.

Angela and Becca have created the Conflict Thesaurus and it is magnificent!

In this thesaurus, a wide variety of conflicts are describe
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LynneV
Sep 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writing-craft
The thesauruses by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi have become a permanent staple on my writing desk--I own them all both digitally and in hard-copy, that's how much I love them--and this will be a very welcome addition.

Like the other thesauruses, the Conflict Thesaurus is perfect for brainstorming your plot and works well with the other thesauruses. The lay-out is similar to the other additions in the series: first they explain the concept and how you can incorporate the thesaurus entries int
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Jarm Boccio
Sep 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Angela and Becca have done it again—and left no conflict stone unturned! Everything you've wanted to know about using conflict in your story (and more!) will be found in their latest thesaurus. The first third of the book digs deep into the meaning of each aspect of a conflict, and the remainder is jam-packed with examples to apply to your WIP. You'll never have another excuse for writer’s block! ...more
Bonnie Martin
Sep 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Loving this the latest in the series of useful guides by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. A wealth of conflicts to add layers to your characters! Five stars!
Ekta
Oct 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If characters drive the story, then conflict operates as the engine to every tale. Keeping this tenet in mind, writing experts Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi return with their most ambitious, hefty thesaurus yet. The latest in their thesauruses of manuals and instruction tools for writers comes with a thoughtful examination of the place of conflict in a story.

Like all of the other books in the series, the co-authors begin with a section on the subject at hand. They discuss conflict and how i
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Erica
Oct 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Were you playing the game on hard mode, writers? Make your writing life easier and more fun, and grab a copy of The Conflict Thesaurus as soon as you can.

I would have bought this book for the first section alone. After having read and loved all the previous Thesaurus books, I was beyond excited to see Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi tackle the weighty subject of conflict within plot. The first part of the book deals with the role of conflict to make more nuanced characters, ones who can grow o
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Cheryl Rainfield
Writers, you need this book.

The Conflict Thesaurus is an incredibly helpful book for writers. You can't have story without conflict. Conflict advances the plot, and forces the character to make decisions and to act.

The first fifth of the book has valuable articles on conflict--why we need it and how to use it in story--even ways you might not have thought of such as through setting, weather, adding an audience to a failure, and more. Ackerman and Puglisi break down internal and external conflic
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Tony
Oct 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is pure gold. Simple as that. From beginning to end, it is an idea factory for writing. Need a moral dilemma for your protagonist? No problem, you’re covered! Want to create a no-win scenario? A host of options are available. You get the idea.

The book starts with an extensive preamble on the role of conflict in stories. It discusses how the plot benefits from conflict, the difference between internal and external conflict, how conflict helps grow a character, and a look at the choices
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Timi V
Oct 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like all of their thesauruses, they are not just a great tool for writers but also can be considered an engaging and helpful psychology textbook. If you use it as a writer you will understand the psychological needs of a character and how humans work, however I also recommend this book as a semi self-help book since the writing and the questions at the beginning can help solve our own conflicts. The writing is really good, funny, making us reflect deeper on our character’s inner world and a lot ...more
B.C. Deeks
Oct 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Conflict is so critical to the success of a novel and just looking through my recently phrased copy of The Conflict Thesaurus I think this book will help gather your thoughts on the conflict for each character before you start writing the story. I would see this as a planning tool as you develop your idea more than one that you keep at your elbow as you write like the Settings and Emotion Thesaurus books in the series. Of course, if you’re a pantser you might use it differently-I’m a plotter/qui ...more
Tracy Perkins
Oct 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ackerman and Puglisi unleash writing alchemy again with this latest installment of their writer’s guide thesauri.

Conflict is the brew that transforms a story from meh to page turning addiction— putting the readers children’s lives at risk because they drink the story at every stoplight.

As the saying goes, no great story ever started with a salad . . .

The Conflict Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Obstacles, Adversaries, and Inner Struggles (Vol. 1) is the writer’s cocktail cookbook. Imbibing tens
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Julie Ryan
Oct 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I have been anxiously awaiting the publication of The Conflict Thesaurus! It does not disappoint. Every writer, whether they craft fiction or memoir, needs this book by their computer. It is chock full of useful tools to consider in creating characters and narrative with internal and external conflict. Because I write memoir, my personal favorites are the chapters on "Being Unable to Forgive Someone" and "Having to Betray a Friend or Loved One." This guide rounded out my collection of The Emotio ...more
Linda Janssen
Oct 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The main reason I grabbed a paperback copy of The Conflict Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi for my bookshelf of go-to writing resources after reading the Kindle version? The book not only offers innumerable examples of what conflict can do to elevate and enliven your plot and characters, it guides you through the why and how to do so. Full of hardships, challenges, fears, and foes, you’ll be reaching for The Conflict Thesaurus as you plot, during your writing, when you’re stuck, an ...more
Gwyn Haller
Oct 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No reason not to write authentic conflict and motivation

There is the option to look and read on heart wringing anguish and inciting four alarm firey rage. Or do what I did and listen to entire book as I fall asleep and note emotions, news stories that pop out , or writing block busted into idea and solutions that come easily like confetti falling. That's me. I want a paper copy as I have the well worn and noted Thesaurus by this author Puglisi and Ackerman.
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Joy Melville
Oct 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-authors
I am so impressed with the effort, time, and research that went into the creation of THE CONFLICT THESAURUS! As an author, this is one of the KEEPER REFERENCES that will be in my personal Reference Library. Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi have done it again! They've built another resource that far exceeded my expectations. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone desiring to deepen and strengthen their work in progress to give the reader a rich and realistic story! ...more
Juneta Key
Oct 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Conflict can be so difficult, but there is a guide that can help you work through it. Figuring out the inner struggles of characters and motivations that naturally generate conflict can be tough. This books is the perfect resource for inspiration and generating ideas. This book helps you figure out how to use your characters own beliefs, life angst, as fodder for conflict. Highly recommend.
J.E. Gaulton
Oct 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic addition to my library. I have all their Thesaurus' and can't live without them. This Conflict Thesaurus will help me build on my characters and their issues by giving me simple examples and situations to choose from. This, along with all their other books, is a writer's heaven, can't wait for volume 2 to come out. ...more
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