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on 21 February 2014
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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on 18 October 2013
Angela and Becca have done it again.If you want more than paper characters this is the book for you. Paired with their negative thesaurus you can create some truly interesting charters. It's super friendly to read and gives so much thought and insight to every trait.
I highly recommend their emotion thesaurus and to visit their web site 'writers helping writers'
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This is one in a trio of books which help authors to develop real and intense characters. Despite the title this book is so much more than just a mere thesaurus. It starts by introducing character development and the different traits which give them depth and humanity. This in itself is enough for this to be one of the best around, but it truly excels when it comes to the Thesaurus. There is an index of words which describe positive traits in your character. I have the ebook, so click on this word and it takes you to an in depth discussion in ways in which this can be used in your book. This includes a definition, categories for the word, similar attributes, possible causes for this attribute, associated behaviours that go with the attribute, associated thoughts the character might have, associated emotions, positive aspects, possible negative aspects of the attribute, examples from literature traits in supporting characters that may cause conflict and challenging scenarios for the character with this attribute.

As you can see from the above this is no one word attribute, but an in depth discussion which can assist with the development of lifelike characters. This book. Is outstanding. It covers everything you can think of and then some more. No author should ever be without this book. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Any new author needs to read this and have it at hand. Any established author will still find this useful.
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on 12 February 2014
I purchased the first book in this series, The Emotion Thesaurus, and that was most insightful and incorporates a very wide range of
character emotions. This second book in the series is a must and helps you delve into the character, building from the bottom up, with a wide range of options to make your character believable and realistic.
Highly recommend this book, a must for your book shelf.
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on 22 August 2014
A great guide that helps you steer away from using the same tired old phrases over and over again.
It lists all the positive 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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on 8 January 2014
Get this along with the other two in this series of reference books to help you with all creative writing. This compliments the Negative Trait Thesurus perfectly.

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on 27 March 2014
I find this book most helpful and will keep it to hand when I'm writing. Thanks you very much Angela.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 7 March 2015
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 believable characters to make them seem as real as possible and provides tips on showing these positive traits in your writing. A perfect companion to the Negative Trait Thesaurus, which helps you develop a character's flaws.
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on 10 January 2016
If building 3dimensional characters is not your strongest suit, then this is a great book for you (along with the negative trait edition). While the negative trait book gives great tips on character arcs, this edition includes a great character biography questionnaire which I Immediately incorporated into my existing one. I'm primarily a screenwriter, but obviously this works for novelists too. Top stuff.
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on 1 September 2014
Part of a trilogy of essential additions to any writers thought process if only to prompt you when needed- Good stuff.
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