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The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Flaws (Writers Helping Writers Series) Paperback – September 24, 2013
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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.
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- Publisher : JADD Publishing (September 24, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 270 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0989772500
- ISBN-13 : 978-0989772501
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 7 x 0.61 x 10 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #15,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I had already read the emotion thesaurus, and between that and this, I picked up the three other books from this series that had previously only given me a passing interest. Why? Because writing a good story, is often about writing good, character driven plots. The better the characters, the more power they can give to the plot itself. And unless you are some kind of storytelling, character-building grand-master, this book will have something for you. My favorite part of this book is exploring why a character would have the flaws they do, helping flesh them out and make them feel more alive and three-dimensional.
I can only hope the other three I've ordered are as useful as this one. If so, I'm going to be one very happy writer. :)
If you’re looking to develop in-depth characters who come across as authentic, add this to your arsenal, along with THE POSITIVE TRAIT THESAURUS.
If you want to create deep, realistic characters, look no further than the Writer’s Guide series.
I don't believe there is any reason to write anything more until you have purchased these books!
Unless you have a masters in psychology maybe you won't need them. Even so, I believe it would be a good quick reference.
These books hand writers the tools they need to understand the complex nature of their characters psychology.
These books will give you a clear cause and effect to every personality trait your character has, giving you a more indepth understanding of your own character, which will in turn give your reader a more in depth understanding of your character and be more involved in your story.
Unless you enjoy torturing yourself and making life harder on yourself:
A must have.
These books saved my current WIP, which ground to a halt recently when I ran out of horrible random things to do to my characters. Now that I've read and used these books, I can let my characters screw things up on their own and if I need to come up with external torture for them, I now understand what will thoroughly wreck their day :)
I am so impressed with these books. I highly recommend them if you're a writer and you're willing to do the work to make your characters three-dimensional and engaging.
stories, or writings,they must feel like real people, good or bad.
Because, a reader wants to cheer for,or boo at the people, you
want them to spend their time with.
If a reader can not relate to your protagonist, or even your antagonist
for that matter, they will wonder, why are they even bothering finishing
Yes it is, but it is your job, to make characters as real as possible, by
showing, not listing, what makes them what and who they are.
Good guys and bad guys, all have traits that make them take the road that
Show those traits to your readers.
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The table of contents is at the back again and I went straight there this time and there were only maybe 3 or 4 pages of negative traits at the back and a load of padding over the first three quarters.
It's good to have it in one place, but there are more negative emotions than are in this book. The positive traits book had several pages of emotion compared to the handful in this one.
Useful at a stretch, but could be a lot better and more useful to writers if there was more negative trait names and less fluff at the start... would be good if the table of contents was in the right place too!
Following helpful and useful introductory chapters, the book becomes even more useful when the Thesaurus is used. This is more than your average Thesaurus, providing an in depth exploration of a word and its use in writing fiction. It provides a definition of the word, similar flaws, possible causes, associated behaviours and attitudes, associated thoughts, associated emotions, positive aspects, negative aspects, examples from film, overcoming this trait as a major flaw, and traits in supporting characters that cause conflict.
As a tool for writers this book cannot be faulted, and is in fact outstanding. This is a not to be missed book for all writers, whether new or established. Buy it now you will not regret it.
It lists all the negative traits with an explanation of internal and external reactions, the types of people that may exhibit these reactions, the downfalls of these traits and gives examples of films in which those types of characters have been portrayed successfully.
I didnt think of this before i picked up this book in this way. For example, an abrasive character - isnt very much liked and mostly people think when they are around him or her that they dont care if they hurt please or offend and people struggle to like them... so how can you find anything positive about this trait? But with an abrasive character you can form a kind of respect for them like you dont have to fluster yourself and seccond guess them, you know what they think or feel because they are telling you and showing you, and when you need someone to honnestly reveal a difficult truth - these are the characters to do it.
It will show you their assisiated thoughts that they will think like... i'd say just get the book. It is a book to sink your teeth into and you can get to explore around every character you ever choose to write - just get it - i cant express how much this book has helped me give my characters layers and how they respond to each other...
It is well worth reading the website, Writers helping Writers, the book muse. A great aid for all writers.
Can't thank the Authors enough.