The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Attributes

The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Attributes

by Becca Puglisi, Angela Ackerman


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It's a writer's job to create compelling characters who can withstand life's fallout without giving up. But building authentic, memorable heroes is no easy task. To forge realistic characters, we must hobble them with flaws that set them back while giving them positive attributes to help them achieve their goals. So how do writers choose the right blend of strengths for their characters-attributes that will render them admirable and worth rooting for-without making it too easy for them to succeed?

Character creation can be hard, but it's about to get a lot easier. Inside The Positive Trait Thesaurus, you'll find:

  • A large selection of attributes to choose from when building a personality profile. Each entry lists possible causes for why a trait might emerge, along with associated attitudes, behaviors, thoughts, and emotions.

  • Real character examples from literature, film, or television to show how an attribute drives actions and decisions, influences goals, and steers relationships

  • Advice on using positive traits to immediately hook readers while avoiding common personality pitfalls

  • Insight on human needs and morality, and how each determines the strengths that emerge in heroes and villains alike

  • Information on the key role positive attributes play within the character arc, and how they're vital to overcoming fatal flaws and achieving success

  • Downloadable tools for organizing a character's attributes and providing a deeper understanding of his past, his needs, and the emotional wounds he must overcome

If you find character creation difficult or worry that your cast members all seem the same, The Positive Trait Thesaurus is brimming with ideas to help you develop one-of-a-kind, dynamic characters that readers will love. Extensively indexed, with entries written in a user-friendly list format, this brainstorming resource is perfect for any character creation project.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989772518
Publisher: JADD Publishing
Publication date: 10/03/2013
Series: Writers Helping Writers Series , #3
Pages: 254
Sales rank: 121,954
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.60(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 Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Attributes 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
AsunaRose More than 1 year ago
Very well written and organized. This is an excellent tool for writing, absolutely worth the purchase.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book and it's companions are a great help with writing.
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. 
zuze-q More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book for any writer of any level.  It helps to open up character beyond facial expressions. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago