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The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Flaws

The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Flaws
Your Price: $21.95 CDN
Author: Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
Publisher: JADD Publishing
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 264
Pub. Date: 2013
ISBN-10: 0989772500
ISBN-13: 9780989772501

About the Book:

Crafting likable, interesting characters is a balancing act, and finding that perfect mix of strengths and weaknesses can be difficult. Not only do a well-drawn protagonists need positive attributes to help them succeed, they must also have flaws that humanize them and give them something to overcome. The same is true for villains and the rest of the supporting cast. Nothing adds complexity like character flaws.

So how can you figure out which flaws best fit your characters? Which negative traits will create personality clashes and conflict while making success difficult? 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, novel writers, screenwriters, and playwrights will learn which flaws make the most sense for their heroes, villains, and other members of the story's cast. Inside The Negative Trait Thesaurus you will find:

• A vast collection of flaws to explore when building a character's personality. Each entry includes possible causes, attitudes, behaviours, thoughts, and related emotions
• Real examples from literature, film, or television to show how each flaw can create life challenges and relational friction
• Advice on building layered and memorable characters from the ground up
• An in-depth look at backstory, emotional wounds, and how pain warps a character's view of himself and his world, influencing behaviour and decision making
• A flaw-centric exploration of character arc, relationships, motivation, and basic needs
• Tips on how to best show a character's flaws to readers while avoiding common pitfalls

Written in list format and fully indexed, this brainstorming resource is perfect for creating deep, flawed characters that readers will relate to. The Negative Trait Thesaurus sheds light on your character's dark side.

What people say:

"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." — Michael Hauge, Hollywood script consultant and story expert, author of Writing Screenplays That Sell

About the Author:

Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are writing coaches and co-authors of a number of descriptive thesauruses for writers. Angela Ackerman lives in Calgary, Alberta, just a short drive from the Canadian Rockies. She writes on the darker side of middle grade and young adult. Becca Puglisi resides in New York. She is a young adult fantasy and historical fiction writer.

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