Writer's Guide to Character Traits

Writer's Guide to Character Traits

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by Dr. Linda Edelstein
     
 

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From Sex to Schizophrenia: Everything You Need to Develop Your Characters!

What makes a person commit a white-collar crime? Who is a likely candidate to join a cult? Why do children have imaginary friends? How does birth order affect whether or not a person gets married? When does mind over matter become a crippling problem?

Writer's Guide to

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From Sex to Schizophrenia: Everything You Need to Develop Your Characters!

What makes a person commit a white-collar crime? Who is a likely candidate to join a cult? Why do children have imaginary friends? How does birth order affect whether or not a person gets married? When does mind over matter become a crippling problem?

Writer's Guide to Character Traits, 2nd edition answers all of these questions and many others. With more than 400 easy-to-reference lists of traits blended from a variety of behaviors and influences, you'll gain the knowledge you need to create distinctive characters whose personalities correspond to their thoughts and actions - no matter how normal or psychotic they might be. In this updated and expanded edition, you'll also find:

  • Comprehensive instruction on how to use this book
  • New statistical information to help you create true-to-life characters
  • Corresponding exercises that show you how to put the material to work in your stories
  • A quick-reference index to make cross-referencing a snap
  • Idea sparkers to get your thoughts out of your head and onto the page

Plus, you'll learn about common - and not so common - psychological, physical, and relationship disorders; delve into the minds of criminals; find out what it takes to be a professional athlete, scientist, and truck driver; discover what life is like for a gang member, suicidal teen, and alcoholic; and more.

In Writer's Guide to Character Traits, 2nd edition, note psychologist and author Dr. Linda Edelstein takes you beyond generic personality types and into the depths of the human psyche where you're sure to find the resources you need to make your characters stand out from the crowd.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582973906
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
08/09/2006
Series:
Writer's Guide to Character Traits Series
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
381,436
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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Writer's Guide to Character Traits 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been struggling with building cohesive believable characters and often found that conflicting traits in one person. This book lays out the personality types, character traits and how they are displayed, plus the psychology behind those traits. You learn how a childhood event will present itself in an adult via their actions, words, and how they interact with others. it's easy to follow and give great ideas for giving your character's substance and allowing them to change and grow in a believable way. Our behavior dictates so much of who we are inside and the author unlocks some of the mysteries and reasons behind those behaviors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the book I have been looking for! It includes profiles of human behaviors that will help me with my novel and make my characters more believable. What a jewel of a book! A must-have for both new and established writers.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic for creating in depth and real characters that people can relate to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a Thriller writer I am always in search of accurate and usefull research information, that is available at anywhere, and at anytime! This book on character traits is a must have!
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sam1973 More than 1 year ago
Great book. Information that can assist any writer create a character easily. Indepth explanations of every kind of person there is out there... New and seasoned writers should have this as part of their writing library.
Angsoden More than 1 year ago
This was a very informative book on the psychology of characters. A topic that some writers could use more use of. Even the wildest fictions needs some grounds in the non-fiction world. Usually, the obvious place for this is in the characters. We relate to characters based on our own social experiences in life. This book explains those various types that we have all encountered in one fashion or another, and maybe then some. Writers who have a better understanding of these traits can have more relatable characters that make more scence to their readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago