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1,000 Character Writing Prompts: Villains, Heroes and Hams for Scripts, Stories and More Paperback – August 28, 2012

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About the Author

Bryan Cohen writes about writing, comedy, self-help and embarrassing anecdotes from his life. He is also an actor, director and producer who enjoys dabbling in both theatre and film in Chicago, Illinois. Bryan graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005 with degrees in English and Dramatic Art with a minor in Creative Writing. His books have sold over 15,000 copies. His website, Build Creative Writing Ideas, helps over 25,000 people a month to get over writers block and to come up with new creative projects.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 28, 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 186 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1479208973
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1479208975
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.06 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8 x 0.42 x 10 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 188 ratings

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I can see this as a useful writing tool in my daily writing life but I will need to spend a great deal
Of time going through item by item in order to find what I need.

The premise is wonderful and well thought out. I’ve added a video to display what I mean. Item number twenty is prime example of a wonderful concept that is buried under villains, which is sorted by archetype. I have to read the entire section to know it was a woman.

I love the way the table of contents are organized and I can look for characters by personality traits. I placed my pen there to give you an idea how small this type font actually is.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m an avid reader, but this book could seriously use some pictures.

On a positive note, I spent a day and went through the writing prompts and found some amazing story ideas that could easily tie in or create a more in-depth character profile.

What I truly appreciated in this book is that the author included story concepts for pets, aliens, zombies, werewolves, nerds, bankers and hit men. It doesn’t matter what your story concept may be, there is something in this book for everyone.
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Dr. S. A. Mitton
4.0 out of 5 stars A good starting point for character building
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 11, 2012
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quick and easy to use
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 27, 2013
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