The Writer’s Guide to Psychology

The Writer's Guide to Psychology Book Cover The Writer's Guide to Psychology
Carolyn Kaufman, Psy.D.
Writer's' How-to, Psychology
Quill Driver Books

Myth busting facts in the field of psychology. How to write accurately about psychological disorders, clinical treatment and human behavior.

Writers struggle to “get it right.” We don’t want to make blatant errors like shells ejecting from a revolver (they can’t) or our character driving a 1968 Chevy Vega (they weren’t available until 1970).

The late Carolyn Kaufman, Psy.D. assists writers in getting it right the field of psychology. In her book, The Writer’s Guide to Psychology, she describes how to accurately depict mental disorders and their treatment. While busting several myths about psychology, Dr. Kaufman includes tidbits on books and movies that got it wrong.

In Chapter One, we find a quiz designed by Dr. Kaufman based on 15 statements. Here, she explains some fundamental beliefs and misconceptions about the field of psychology. She goes on in the following chapters to describe therapist orientations, which is the framework that guides a psychologist in his or her approach to therapy. Included are questions a therapist would use in each of the different orientations. She concludes this section with discussions on the therapist profession and on client sessions.

In the next group of chapters, the reader learns about the various disorders, their diagnosis and the medications used with a particular illness. Included are mood and psychotic disorders, childhood and eating disorders, PTSD and personality disorders. This section draws to a close discussing psychopaths and villains.

In the final three chapters, Carolyn concludes with:

  • Treatment,
  • Intervention,
  • and how to determine whether someone is suicidal or homicidal.

This book is for writers to get elements of psychology and treatments correct. It is not a thesis that will allow you to practice therapy. For what this book was designed to accomplish, it does so very well.

This book is highly informative and very easy to read as it is written for the lay people. This is one book that should be included on your writer’s bookshelf.

Carolyn’s blog is still up:

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The Extroverted Writer Book Cover The Extroverted Writer
Amanda Luedeke
Writer's Aids
Amazon Digital Services, Inc

Take control of your writing career and develop an online following that sells books and propels you forward!

Whether you’re a published author or new to the industry, THE EXTROVERTED WRITER gives you the tools you need to gain a readership through:
• Facebook
• Twitter
• Blogging
• Websites
• And MORE!

Literary agent Amanda Luedeke uses her background in corporate marketing to show readers that even if you’re an introvert you can have a great online author following by tapping into the reader-packed world of social media. From ideas to tips to absolute musts, THE EXTROVERTED WRITER builds on Amanda’s successful “Thursdays with Amanda” blog posts on This easy-to-read guide breaks down the most popular social media sites and online options to give YOU the tools you need to be effective when engaging with your readers.

Whether you’re new to social media or a longtime pro…whether you have dozens of books under your belt or are still waiting for your first deal, this book is for you.

As a writer, you’ve spent countless hours—adding up into weeks, months and perhaps years—writing your book. You’ve attended conferences and met with several agents and publishers. Then it happens…a publishing house says yes. Take time to celebrate. Call your mom.

Then it dawns on you. What’s next? The next phase in your writing career is called marketing.

Don’t turn pale. Don’t pass out. There are a number of resources to help. One great resource is a little book called The Extroverted Writer by agent Amanda Luedeke. One of the benefits to this book is the quick read…it’s only 90 pages long. Yet Amanda manages to pack a lot of information into those 90 pages.

In the introductory chapters, she explains how to find who your audience is, that is, who would be more likely to read your book. The next step is to determine your goals for your social media experience. The goals you set will help you stay on topic within your social media experience.

In the rest of the chapters, Amanda lays out the various social media tools available and how a writer can best use these to promote of your career.

Her book is available at:

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