Heads up, Writers! The Conflict Thesaurus (+Giveaway)

Five years ago, I enjoyed the great pleasure of hosting Angela Ackerman, Writers Helping Writers, as my first guest blogger celebrating the launch of The Settings Thesaurus. Fast forward to today and I am still excited like an eight-year-old on Christmas Eve, because today I get to spill the news that The Conflict Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Obstacles, Adversaries, and Inner Struggles (Vol. 1) hit the shelves. Woot, woot!

This guide is about that killer ingredient our stories need: Conflict. It shows you exactly how to use conflict to raise tension, create a fresh story premise, and pull readers in. The guide also dives into over 100 conflict scenarios and how each can be endlessly adapted to challenge a character inside and out. Problems, Moral Dilemmas, Ticking Clocks, Obstacles, No-Win Scenarios…this book is plot brainstorming in overdrive!

Now I have some questions for you:

What is the one book that has influenced you the most? And what is it about that book that absolutely excites you right now?

Did you turn the pages so fast the the sun brightened your bedroom making it hard to see the page, you looked at the clock, and your gut dropped into the basement because your meeting at the office starts in twenty minutes with a one hour commute? Or were you late getting your kids to school? Does your work-in-progress have that kind of tension and conflict? Do you sometimes feel that your plot could use more than a super-dose of vitamin C?

Or do you have writer’s block accompanied by a cricket chorus playing in the background and crave inspiration?

Then check out The Conflict Thesaurus, Vol. 1, for some juicy, main course, inner conflict, with a heaping side dish of external drama.

I’m part of Angela & Becca’s Street Team for this release, and we have an important question to ask you:

Can You Survive Danger as Well as Your Favorite Protagonist?

Sure, it’s easy for you to use conflict to torture your characters and make them struggle, but what if it’s you in the hot seat instead? Will you make good decisions, or bad ones?

It’s time to find out by taking the Conflict Challenge! I dare you to become the protagonist in a special story Angela & Becca cooked-up. And heads up, if you survive, you win some pretty cool stuff!


While you’re at Writers Helping Writers taking the Conflict Challenge, make sure to enter The Conflict Thesaurus celebratory giveaway, too. But hurry – it’s only on for a few days. So, take the challenge…if you dare. And don’t forget to come back and let me know how you did against Camp Deadwood. I’m dying to find out!

Only 17 days until Halloween!


About Fannie Cranium

Writing since she could first hold a pen, Tracy Perkins formed her alter ego, "Fannie Cranium" at the suggestion of her husband. Tracy understands smiling makes people wonder what she’s been up to.
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2 Responses to Heads up, Writers! The Conflict Thesaurus (+Giveaway)

  1. Thank you so much for letting us steal your blog for the day, Tracy! And wishing your readers good luck in the giveaway and the Conflict Challenge!

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