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About the Author

As a practicing psychologist, Dr. Linda Edelstein specialises in the development of professional identity, creative adaption and grief. She is also an associate professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and frequently presents at national conferences and workshops.
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Product Details

  • Series: Writer's Guide to Character Traits
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; Second Edition edition (August 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582973903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582973906
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By J. Clark on May 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
I almost passed on this book due to some of the negative reviews here, but I'm glad I didn't. I spotted this on the shelf at a local book store and sat down with it for ten minutes. After that I bought it without hesitation. I'm only knocking one star off because it could be better organized (mostly inconsistencies in presentation, though it's easy to read, it would just be easier to scan through with a little reworking).

I think most of the negative reviewers were either expecting a book about creating characters (similar to Orson Scott Card's wonderful Characters and Viewpoints, for example), or were expecting an in depth discussion of psychological issues. This book is neither of those. I'd almost call it an overview of armchair psychology, in that is briefly discusses the behaviors most commonly associated with various disorders and life circumstances, but doesn't get into the subtleties or the exceptions. For example, the traits listed for first born children don't really fit me, but they do apply to most other first born children I've known. On the other hand, one of the personality types fits me perfectly (The Creative), and people I've known with various disorders are certainly present in the descriptions given, even if it doesn't all apply.

All of this is merely a starting point, a list of the most common traits associated with these topics. Nothing is set in stone, there are no "rules" for how to apply this information. Personally, I found this to be very helpful. For example, I was having some trouble defining an important character in a story I'm working on. At first, he was basically a collection of traits designed to serve the plot.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bradley on July 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
Consider for a moment Wikipedia; the much criticized and much debated online encyclopedia. Writers who respect the research process express concern and often hatred of this online information source. Until, they understand and accept its primary purpose. Wikipedia is the perfect place to "start" research.

Think of this book as the perfect writing companion to assist you during the sketch of the story to be replaced by authoritative research after the completion of the first draft. Why slow down the initial drafting process or outline to look up the fundamental details of how it feels to be the middle child?

The reality is that there just isn't a single book out there than you can rely on for complete character development. It is conceivable that you could accumulate an entire shelf of character development guides and still feel that something is missing. In fact, I find building a library is a good way to completely avoid writing altogether. (The solution is to take a deep breath and start writing without all the answers.)

Check out these additional character development books after reading this fantastic book:

- Characters and Viewpoint (Elements of Fiction Writing) by Orson Scott Card

- Write Great Fiction: Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint by Nancy Kress

- Getting into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn from Actors by Brandilyn Collins
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Henderson on February 6, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
i appreciate the book itself. The author brings a unique perspective and includes relevant material. Unfortunately, the Kindle edition is cumbersome and poorly produced. Kindle formats usually allow navigation to the table of contents from the GoTo selection on the menu. The creators of this book didn't format it correctly and excluded that feature. Some of the titles and fonts are inconsistent and the sentences break between paragraphs, making it difficult to read and hard to follow. And I still can't find the index, which is one of the key features in a reference book like this one. The producers of the Kindle edition did this great book a huge disservice. I can't recommend the Kindle edition.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. Friday on December 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm an unpublished writer who was struggling with character development until recently. I picked up this book months back and I wasn't impressed. I don't remember all the 23 character traits but I remember an interesting thing happened.

I worked at an upscale restaurant in Houston when I originally read this book. Jessie, the restaurant manager, was always a pleasure to be with. She was fun, forgiving, liked to joke, and highly regarded by many staff members and regular customers. She sometimes hung out after work and could be friendly. She never seemed to drink much or act like a downer. One co-worker though, said she seemed stuck up because she rejected his advances. She is so attractive I always felt so many guys must be going for her and it's understandable she's a little stuck up. With Edelstein's book, I put Jessie in the extrovert trait.

However, one night as we were closing, I was the last guy in the restaurant to leave before Jessie. When I went to her office to tell her I was leaving, I found her balling her eyes out. I asked her what was wrong and we ended up talking for hours. Turns out two years before her fiance jilted her a few days before the wedding. It was such a crushing blow to her she's been unable to get into a serious relationship ever since. When she's at work, she looks quite attractive, but when she's on her own, she can dress plainly with unattractive sweats and torn jeans. She generally dresses like she's just come back from the gym or she's dressed up to help move furniture. Even though she's almost 33, she can count the number of serious relationships she's had on one hand. Her ex-fiance was the longest guy who stuck around (4 yrs). Her inability to get over her ex exasperates her shyness toward men.
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