- Series: Writers Helping Writers
- Paperback: 252 pages
- Publisher: JADD Publishing (October 3, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0989772519
- ISBN-13: 978-0989772518
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Attributes (Writers Helping Writers) Paperback – October 3, 2013
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"In these brilliantly conceived, superbly organized and astonishingly thorough volumes, Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi have created an invaluable resource for writers and storytellers. Whether you are searching for new and unique ways to add and define characters, or brainstorming methods for revealing those characters without resorting to clichés, it is hard to imagine two more powerful tools for adding depth and dimension to your screenplays, novels or plays."
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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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Plus there are articles about how to create characters readers will connect with, how needs and morals influence a character, what a positive trait is and how it develops.
Writers, you NEED this book. Readers, you will also benefit from reading this book-it will help you recognize great writing from the not-so-great. I highly recommend it.
I have bought all three "Thesauruses" and loved them so much I bought all three for my Kindle too so I can have them on the move and when travelling. These Thesauruses are exceptionally well organised and contain huge amounts of information in a concise and practical format.
You could just leap in and pick a handful of traits to apply to your character(s) and they would still be better off than when you started. However, taking the time to read through the "users guide" chapters will add so much to your understanding of how to craft truly memorable characters that it is well worth the time invested to do this. Then use the listings to pick and choose traits and counter-traits and the ways in which they would possibly be exhibited to start building a team of people that will resonate with readers. Also use the listings to develop conflict between characters in a psychological way by giving each person traits that would "irritate" or "confuse" the other - much more subtle than the standard good guy VS bad guy.
I can't rate these books highly enough. I know I'm going to be buying them again every couple of years as they become tatty and worn out with daily use!
writer, the people in your stories must come across as real, or your readers will not not
relate to them.
It is difficult to like and root for, or dislike a character, that has nothing to them but their name.
Readers want to know, why and what, makes the bad guy like he is, and why is the heroine different.
90+ positive traits are covered, and discussed, covering almost everything you will need to make your
characters real as life.
You will find an, Achievement, Identity, Interactive and Moral breakdown chart, to help you create each of
the people in your stories.
Don't just list your characters traits, describe them.
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.
This is a resource that I will us again and again, for as long as I am writing fiction.