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

At a Glance

  • Looking to Punch Up Your Characters? Look No Further
  • Give Your Character Flaws to Make them More Believeable

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.

Product Details

  • Date available: 01/22/2014
  • Publication date: 09/23/2013
  • Return policy: 30 days

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Meet the Author: Angela Ackerman

Angela Ackerman is a Canadian who writes on the darker side of Middle Grade and Young Adult. Angela's fiction is represented by Jill Corcoran of the Jill Corcoran Literary Agency. She loves to travel, read, mess around with cameras and spend time with her amazing and quirky family.

A strong supporter of writers helping writers, she is also the co-author of The Emotion Thesaurus, The Positive Trait Thesaurus & it's dark twin, The Negative Trait Thesaurus. Angela blogs at the award winning resource, The Bookshelf Muse and can be reached at Writers Helping Writers, a website home to writing tools, guides and craft advice.

Meet the Author: Becca Puglisi

Becca Puglisi is a YA fantasy and historical fiction writer who enjoys slurping copious amounts of Mountain Dew and snarfing snacks that have no nutritional value. She has always enjoyed contemplating the What if? scenario, which serves her well in south Florida. As a result, during hurricane season you can find her stalking the local weather forecasters and muttering unkind words toward the Atlantic.

Becca is the co-creator of The Bookshelf Muse, an award winning online resource for writers. She has also authored a number of nonfiction resource books for writers, including The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Emotion; The Positi...

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