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The Conflict Thesaurus Blog Tour and Giveaway Contest

Happy Wednesday Everyone! Today I’m excited to be a part of Angela Ackerman’s and Beeca Puglisi’s blog tour for The Conflict Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Obstacles, Adversaries, and Inner Struggles. Details on the giveaway contest are at the end of the post. FYI, you only have until October 15th to enter the contest.

Do you have a bookshelf of writing guides? I do, and well, it's an addiction, but a good one. I'm going to flag one for you to look into: The Conflict Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Obstacles, Adversaries, and Inner Struggles (Vol. 1).

This book is from Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi, the authors of The Emotion Thesaurus. I'm such a fan of their writing guides I joined their Street Team. Every time they release a book they do something epic and fun to celebrate, and I get to tell you all about it!

But first, you're probably curious about this book, so let me break it down. The Conflict Thesaurus is set up like the other books in their series: part how-to, part thesaurus. This guide shows writers how to maximize conflict and use it to build tension, drive the plot, reveal your character's inner layers, and most importantly, keep readers glued to the page.

It's packed with conflict scenarios like Moral Dilemmas, Ticking Clocks, Obstacles, No-Win Scenarios, Temptations and more. It can help you nail down your plot and character arc, so check it out!

Now, speaking of conflict, I have a BIG question for you.

Can You Survive Danger as Well as Your Favorite Protagonist?

You're probably pretty good at throwing problems at your characters and making life difficult for them. After all, that's part of being a writer. But do you ever think about how you'd do if you had to face the same situations? If you were the protagonist, would you hold up to the pressure? Would you make good decisions and succeed, or screw up and fail?

Let's find out.

Introducing... The Conflict Challenge

Become the protagonist in a story Angela & Becca created using scenarios found in the Conflict Thesaurus to see if you've got what it takes to win.

The Conflict Challenge is fun, campy, and will put your wits and instincts to the test.

And if you survive, you will win some cool stuff!


While you’re checking out the Conflict Challenge at Writers Helping Writers, make sure to also enter their Conflict Thesaurus release day giveaway, too. But hurry – it ends October 15th.

So, take the Conflict Challenge…if you dare. 


Upcoming Interviews and Giveaways

Saturday, October 16th I’m participating in the Cheeky Pumpkin Giveaway Hop

Monday, October 18th I’ve got an agent/author guest post by Melissa Nasson and Alex Perry and a query critique and MG contemporary Pighearted giveaway

Monday, October 25th I have an agent spotlight interview with Ginger Clark and a query critique giveaway

Wednesday, November 3rd I’ve got an agent/author guest post by Steven Chudney and Carley Heath and a query critique and YA fantasy The Reckless Kind Giveaway and my IWSG post

Monday, November 8th I have a guest post by debut author Jessica Speer and a giveaway of her MG nonfiction BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends)? A Girls Guide to Happy Friendships

Tuesday, November 9th I’m participating in the Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop

Monday, November 15 I have an interview with debut author Terry Catasús Jennings and a giveaway of her chapter book Definitely Dominguita Sherlock Dom

Hope to see you on Monday!





Donna K. Weaver said...

I got my copy of The Conflict Thesaurus yesterday. I have the whole collection. They're so useful!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I made it out alive! I need to order the series.

Computer Tutor said...

Entering... Hoping I win... Love Angela and Becca's series.

Angela Ackerman said...

Thank you a million times over, Natalie! We are so lucky to have you in our corner! And hurray for all the people entering the Conflict Challenge! It might be the most ill-fated Writing Retreat in history, but you can win some great prizes!

Good luck to all who enter the draw, challenge, and a huge thank you for trying out this book!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Another great book in the series!

Liz A. said...

Oh, that's a great idea. Conflict is something I struggle with.

Sandra Cox said...

Ooh, this looks great. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

Rosi said...

They have such helpful books. Thanks for the heads up.