“An accurate and accessible survey of modern psychological theory and practice, this reference offers professional writers practical advice for incorporating psychological elements into their work.”
What I thought:
Ignore that blurb, friends. It doesn’t do this guide justice. The Writer’s Guide to Psychology is so much more than long sentences and big words!
It’s simple: if you’re a fiction writer of any genre, you need to read Kaufman’s guide.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to become a psychology expert to write your book. A basic understanding, however, is a must.
If you don’t think psychology comes into your writing, think again. It’s a part of your story if you have characters, which is… everyone of us. There’s psychology behind everything we do (say, every argument or every reaction). That can’t not affect your characters!
There’s another reason every writer should read this, too. I think we have an obligation to every mentally ill person of any psychological disorder to represent them properly. The number of writers who think a split personality is the same as schizophrenia is too damn high, my fellow writers!
Accurate representation matters so, so much, and The Writer’s Guide to Psychology will help you do it. It’s not a dry read either–there’s a quiz at the front and Kaufman’s tone is lighthearted, so it’s not a difficult read.
You don’t need to read the whole book (it’s short–232 pages) in one go if psychology really isn’t your thing. Just dip into the chapter relevant to your character and learn what you need.
As writers, we have to do our research and we have to do it right. This book will help you do just that so you’re clear on symptoms, behaviours, and don’t confuse DID and schizophrenia.
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