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The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Attributes

The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Attributes
Your Price: $21.95 CDN
Author: Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
Publisher: JADD Publishing
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 252
Pub. Date: 2013
ISBN-10: 0989772519
ISBN-13: 9780989772518

About the Book:

It's a writer's job to create compelling characters who can withstand life's fallout without giving up. But building authentic, memorable heroes is no easy task. To forge realistic characters, you must hobble them with flaws that set them back while giving them positive attributes to help them achieve their goals. So how do you choose the right blend of strengths for your characters — attributes that will render them admirable and worth rooting for — without making it too easy for them to succeed?


Character creation can be hard, but the task has become easier thanks to The Positive Trait Thesaurus. It is brimming with ideas to help novel writers, screenwriters, and playwrights develop one-of-a-kind, dynamic characters that readers and audiences will love. Inside The Positive Trait Thesaurus you will find:

• A large selection of attributes to choose from when building a personality profile. Each entry lists possible causes for why a trait might emerge, along with associated attitudes, behaviours, thoughts, and emotions
• Real character examples from literature, film, or television to show how an attribute drives actions and decisions, influences goals, and steers relationships
• Advice on using positive traits to immediately hook readers while avoiding common personality pitfalls
• Insight on human needs and morality, and how each determines the strengths that emerge in heroes and villains alike
• Information on the key role positive attributes play within the character arc, and how they're vital to overcoming fatal flaws and achieving success
• Tips on how to best show a character's flaws to readers while avoiding common pitfalls

If you find character creation difficult or worry that your cast members all seem the same, this brainstorming resource is perfect for any of your character creation projects. The Positive Trait Thesaurus is extensively indexed, with entries written in a user-friendly list format.

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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