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.
The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Flawsby Angela Ackerman, Becca Puglisi
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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I turn to Ackerman and Puglisi's Emotion Thesaurus regularly when needing inspiration for character reactions and action beats. Their new additions to the series are shaping up to be just as valuable, if not more so. In the introductory material to this volume, they state that they view this book as a "brainstorming tool." This is spot-on. As they explain in their insightful opening chapters, character flaws drive character arcs. Without a solid understanding of what major problem is at the crux of our character's personal dilemma, we will never have the knowledge to shape a powerful transformation over the course of our story. But more than just power, we also want originality, and this is where the Negative Trait Thesaurus should prove especially helpful. Just in browsing a few entries, my imagination was immediately spurred to look beyond obvious, first-glance choices toward bigger and more unique possibilities. I look forward to using this wonderful tool (complete with some of the best "bonus goodies" I've ever seen in the appendices) in shaping my characters in my next work-in-progress.
Absolutely indispensable, as are all the other books in the series. Raises your writing to a much higher level.
Must Have For Writers I consider these books to be among my 'gospel for writers' books. They are my go to books for writing deeper, more well-rounded characters.
This reference book is a must have to help shape characters and create plot. I use it every single day as I sit down to write - it's just as important as my coffee.
I bought all three emotional/negative/and positive. Showed them to my writer friends - they bought them as well. Definitely a must buy.