The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Flaws

The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Flaws

by Becca Puglisi, Angela Ackerman


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989772501
Publisher: JADD Publishing
Publication date: 09/24/2013
Series: Writers Helping Writers Series , #2
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 96,990
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are bestselling authors, writing coaches, and international speakers. Their books are available in five languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. Angela and Becca also co-founded their popular Writers Helping Writers site, a hub where authors can hone their craft, as well as One Stop for Writers, an innovative online library built to help writers elevate their storytelling.

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The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Flaws 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
KWeiland More than 1 year ago
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.
miss_dobie More than 1 year ago
Absolutely indispensable, as are all the other books in the series. Raises your writing to a much higher level.
HeatherMcC More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
zuze-q More than 1 year ago
I bought all three emotional/negative/and positive.  Showed them to my writer friends - they bought them as well.  Definitely a must buy. 
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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 :)