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

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Crafting likable, interesting characters is a balancing act, and finding that perfect mix of strengths and weaknesses can be difficult. Not only does a well-drawn protagonist need positive attributes to help him succeed, he must also have flaws that humanize him and give him something to overcome. The same is true of villains and the rest of the story’s supporting cast. So how can writers figure out which flaws best fit their characters? Which ...
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The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Flaws

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Overview

Crafting likable, interesting characters is a balancing act, and finding that perfect mix of strengths and weaknesses can be difficult. Not only does a well-drawn protagonist need positive attributes to help him succeed, he must also have flaws that humanize him and give him something to overcome. The same is true of villains and the rest of the story’s supporting cast. So how can writers figure out which flaws best fit their characters? Which negative traits will create personality clashes and conflict while making success difficult?

TAKE CHARACTER CREATION TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL

Nothing adds complexity like character flaws. Inside the Negative Trait Thesaurus you’ll find:
* A vast collection of flaws to explore when building a character’s personality. Each entry includes possible causes, attitudes, behaviors, thoughts, and related emotions
* Real examples from literature, film, or television to show how each flaw can create life challenges and relational friction
* Advice on building layered and memorable characters from the ground up
* An in-depth look at backstory, emotional wounds, and how pain twists a character’s view of himself and his world, influencing behavior and decision making
* A flaw-centric exploration of character arc, relationships, motivation, and basic needs
* Tips on how to best show a character’s flaws to readers while avoiding common pitfalls
* Downloadable tools to aid writers in character creation

The Negative Trait Thesaurus sheds light on your character’s dark side. Written in list format and fully indexed, this brainstorming resource is perfect for creating deep, flawed characters readers will relate to.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148815945
  • Publisher: JADD Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/14/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 263
  • Sales rank: 80,260
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

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 Writers Helping Writers 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 around North America and teach webinars through WANA International. They can be found at www.writershelpingwriters.net.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    For you and me :)

    As an author this guide is fun, informative and easy to use :) Likewise as a full time nerd obessed with character creation, or maybe not so nerdy ;), this book is a diamond in the rough! Need to taint or rough your hero/heroine up to add that raw edge all novelist aim for? Look no futher :)

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