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The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Flaws by [Ackerman, Angela, Puglisi, Becca]
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1638 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: JADD Publishing (13 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FVZDZ6K
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,909 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Wendy Jones TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Jan. 2014
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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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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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I have already used this book in my writing and find it very useful. Yes I know I could just use a dictionary or thesaurus but it had words that I hadn't thought of for some situations listed at the front and saved a lot of time flicking through pages of a wordier book . I liked it so much I bought the other two in the set.
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A great guide that helps you steer away from using the same tired old phrases over and over again.
It lists all the negative traits with an explanation of internal and external reactions, the types of people that may exhibit these reactions, the downfalls of these traits and gives examples of films in which those types of characters have been portrayed successfully.
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This book is more important than the `positive traits thesaurus`. If your antagonist is evil, this will help you A) make them more evil and B) understand why. Brilliant and necessary for character arc, or not, if your character is a sociopath. Wouldn`t be without it now. Buy all 3 of these thesaurus`s together for complete guide to character development.
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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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These books by Angela Ackerman are a first class aid for writers. I now have all of the series and love dipping into them for ideas. The website Writers helping Writers is also excellent to use along with these books.
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By VKG TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Mar. 2015
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Excellent fiction writer's tool. Helps you bring characters to life. I can't believe I have only just discovered this book. It helps you develop perfectly flawed characters to make them seem as real and believable as possible and provides tips on showing these flaws in your writing.
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