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The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Flaws [Paperback]

Angela Ackerman , Becca Puglisi
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24 Sep 2013
Crafting likable, interesting characters is a balancing act, and finding that perfect mix of strengths and weaknesses can be difficult. But the task has become easier thanks to The Negative Trait Thesaurus. Through its flaw-centric exploration of character arc, motivation, emotional wounds, and basic needs, writers will learn which flaws make the most sense for their heroes, villains, and other members of the story’s cast. This book’s vast collection of flaws will help writers to explore the possible causes, attitudes, behaviors, thoughts, and related emotions behind their characters’ weaknesses so they can be written effectively and realistically. Common characterization pitfalls and methods to avoid them are also included, along with invaluable downloadable tools to aid in character creation. Written in list format and fully indexed, this brainstorming resource is perfect for creating deep, flawed characters that readers will relate to.

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: JADD Publishing (24 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989772500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989772501
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 17.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are co-creators of The Bookshelf Muse, an award winning online resource for writers. The Negative Trait Thesaurus is the second book in their descriptive writing series, along with The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Emotion, and The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Attributes. Members of SCBWI and writers of middle grade and young adult fiction, both authors lead workshops at regional conferences throughout North America and teach webinars at WANA International. They can be found at www.writershelpingwriters.net.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 28 Jan 2014
By Wendy Jones TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is the second in a trio of books which are, I feel, an essential part of any publishers toolkit. Like the Positive Trait Thesaurus the first few chapters cover the negative traits which will help the writer to develop a realistic character. It discusses how, characters, no matter how good or evil they are, need to display opposite traits which make the seem believable. There is an overview of the types of characters which are so deplorable that no one can identify with them and how these can be changed by the way ins which they are portrayed.

Following helpful and useful introductory chapters, the book becomes even more useful when the Thesaurus is used. This is more than your average Thesaurus, providing an in depth exploration of a word and its use in writing fiction. It provides a definition of the word, similar flaws, possible causes, associated behaviours and attitudes, associated thoughts, associated emotions, positive aspects, negative aspects, examples from film, overcoming this trait as a major flaw, and traits in supporting characters that cause conflict.

As a tool for writers this book cannot be faulted, and is in fact outstanding. This is a not to be missed book for all writers, whether new or established. Buy it now you will not regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 12 Feb 2014
By Doyler
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Highly recommend this book. Insightful. Gives you gritty options to create realistic characters. Like the other two in the series, the opening chapters delve into the numerous negative aspects of human nature and potential causes. Great food for thought giving the writer interesting choices.
It is well worth reading the website, Writers helping Writers, the book muse. A great aid for all writers.
Can't thank the Authors enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply awesome 8 Jan 2014
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If you write for pleasure or for a living, you need this in your tool kit. Just like the other two of these essential reference books, it will help your writing no end.

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Brilliant, innovative, a real pleasure to use for inspiration.
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incredibly useful little guide. great for budding authors.
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