Guide The Positive Trait Thesaurus_ A Writers Guide to Character Attributes

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I've enjoyed it! Jan 17, Rose rated it it was amazing Shelves: writing , reference , psychological , non-fiction. Review to come. Immensely helpful, and definitely a great companion read to "The Negative Trait Thesaurus. Dec 12, Tracey Pedersen rated it it was amazing. I love this book series! The detail inside is worth a lot more than I paid for this book. I don't buy paperbacks anymore but I bought the whole series of these and had them shipped to Australia. Well thought out, well-ordered and easy to flick through and find what you want.

Any writer looking for a way to improve their words should check out these books! If I could give them 6 stars, I would! This book always remains close by as I work on my own fiction titles. Dec 07, Horse Cryptid rated it it was amazing Shelves: nonfiction , 5-stars , nonfic-writing.

Another great guide from Angela and Becca! Includes: writing advice from the authors, positive traits list possible causes; associated behaviors, thoughts, and emotions; positive and negative aspects of the trait; examples from literature; traits in supporting characters that may cause conflict; challenging scenarios for the character , a character profile questionnai Another great guide from Angela and Becca! Includes: writing advice from the authors, positive traits list possible causes; associated behaviors, thoughts, and emotions; positive and negative aspects of the trait; examples from literature; traits in supporting characters that may cause conflict; challenging scenarios for the character , a character profile questionnaire, a character attribute target tool, category breakdown, and easy to use index.

View 2 comments. Oct 11, Laura Kreitzer rated it it was amazing Shelves: , ebook , non-fiction. These two authors continue to hit it out of the park with their wonderful writing ideas. They've helped me develop well-rounded characters with complex story lines, introduced me to new ways of writing, and have inspired me in so many ways. I hope they continue to publish more writing books--I'll buy every single one of them! Jan 27, Mercedes rated it it was amazing.

Great book for authors. Dec 18, Elle rated it it was amazing Shelves: on-writing. Jun 21, Mary McCoy-Dressel rated it it was amazing. This is a fantastic book filled with great information for writers. A book to be read and studied over and over again. An excellent tool. I wrote it late at night without my review notes and will probably don't feel like editing it tomorrow morning.

But this thesaurus is just a level up. Much like the foreword said, this thesaurus is "concise and all encompassing" and will definitely help you brainstorm on a bigger scale. The entire page introduction, and the way everything is lined up makes for a very easy guide that will go in-depth with the various positive traits attributes , how to pair different traits, and how they will ultimately help to sculpt well-rounded, multifaceted characters. I especially found the sections Negative Aspects and Challenging Scenarios helpful. Furthermore, sections like Associated Behaviors and Thoughts are great tools for any writer who wishes to give their characters a stronger voice, get into a character's mindset and, lastly, distinguish characters from one another.

One thing I also took from this book is that I grew more confident in my fictional work prior to getting my hands on these thesauri; I noticed how I'd already thought of most details in terms of personality, habits, etc. In this way, the appendices are more complimentary to my notes than anything, but since they are so thorough they allow me to dig deeper into my character's minds and their persona - and I can will get very nerdy with this stuff!

This is not the kind of book you read from front-to-back, but it works really well that way because with the help of this book I now see my characters in a different light; it almost feels like they are real people that I know outside of my head, people that I can actually talk to.

Wow, okay, so that sounded slightly mental. Jun 06, Chandreyee rated it it was amazing. I have read many books that are wonderful resources for writers, amateurs to professionals, and this is certainly one of the best. Strengths make us stick with the character, make us obliged to see their journey, and Angela and Becca do us a great favour as always in bringing to us this marvel of a help.

They save us the trouble of humongous research for those who want to be authentic to the story and its characters by presenting this thesaurus, which is all that and much more. Don't be misg I have read many books that are wonderful resources for writers, amateurs to professionals, and this is certainly one of the best. Don't be misguided by the first part of the title; look at the second part, for it indeed is a true guide. Ackerman and Puglisi mention dozens of positive traits and I believe that's it, for I couldn't brainstorm other positive traits , and then she takes each one and elaborates on them.

They cover the Definition, Categories Moral, Achievement, Interactive, or Identity - third best part , Similar Attributes which you can call the synonyms for that particular trait, or a trait similar to that one , Possible Causes that gave rise to the Attribute very important for backstory generation , Associated Behaviours helpful to create character quirks, etc.

I don't have any words for how much help this book has been to me. It is totally worth the money expensive as it is. This is one gem of a guide, and thesaurus is too humble a word for it. This book is just a series of bullet point lists about generic character traits with headings, such as "similar attributes", "associated behaviors", and other paint by numbers character information.

I didn't find my time with it useful. I suppose it is meant to be thumbed through when you are stuck. In other words, a light reference book. I picked two of them up because the goodreads' This book is just a series of bullet point lists about generic character traits with headings, such as "similar attributes", "associated behaviors", and other paint by numbers character information. I picked two of them up because the goodreads's score were high and I couldn't peruse them before reading.

The score seems artificially high to read about character traits such as "Nature-focused". This book also provides some examples of each trait pulled from film, books and popular culture. These were the most amusing part. Often, they are wrong and sometimes they are just goofy. Under "Professional", which they defined as "exhibiting specialized knowledge and applying it with courtesy and good judgment", they listed, as an example, "Donald Trump". Jun 22, Stephanie rated it it was amazing.

This book - a long with all the other books in the writer helping writer series - is probebly the best investment I have made when it comes to my career in story telling. This is a really handy reference for writers. Worth the few bucks to get it! Dec 11, L. Braden rated it it was amazing Shelves: writing-craft. This is the fourth book I've purchased in this writing craft series, and I'd highly recommend adding it to your shelf if you are a writer. It is a great tool for adding depth and variety to your characters.

Heroes versus villains. Good guys should have good traits and bad guys should have bad ones, right? But people aren't all good or all bad. Every character needs to have both positive and negative traits to be believable, but it's a tricky balance. It's all a matter of degree. One of my favorite This is the fourth book I've purchased in this writing craft series, and I'd highly recommend adding it to your shelf if you are a writer.

When Flaws Go Too Far: Avoiding Unlikeable Characters

One of my favorite articles prefacing the thesaurus itself each of these books comes with a section of short, informative articles is about the different degrees to which a negative trait can complicate a character's life. They call them Sparks, Fireworks, and Explosions. For example, a character can have a negative trait like "stubborn. There's also the fact that all traits can be seen as both negative and positive depending on the situation. The general who wouldn't let his troops retreat because he was too stubborn to admit he was wrong could be the same general who gets a medal because he held his ground against hostile forces until reinforcements arrived, thereby turning the tide of battle.

In that case, we might replace the word stubborn with determined, unwavering, or stalwart. As such, each entry in this thesaurus includes a sections on the "positive aspects" of the trait. Obviously the authors couldn't fit every possible trait into a single book, but there are enough, and enough variety, that you should be able to find something close to your character's flaws and get some good ideas about how to portray them realistically, and how your character can overcome them.

For more information on this and other books in the series, check out the Writers Helping Writers website. I have read many books that are wonderful resources for writers, amateurs to professionals, and this is certainly one of the best. Flaws are the most attractive facet of any character, and Angela and Becca do us a great favour as always in bringing to us this marvel of a help. They save us the trouble of humongous research for those who want to be authentic to the story and its characters by presenting this thesaurus, which is all that and much more.

Don't be misguided by the first part of t I have read many books that are wonderful resources for writers, amateurs to professionals, and this is certainly one of the best. Don't be misguided by the first part of the title; look at the second part, for it indeed is a true guide.

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Ackerman and Puglisi mention dozens of negative traits and I believe that's it, for I couldn't brainstorm other negative traits , and then she takes each one and elaborates on them. They cover the Definition, Similar Flaws which you can call the synonyms for that particular flaw, or a flaw similar to that one , Possible Causes that gave rise to the flaw very important for backstory generation , Associated Behaviours and Attitudes helpful to create character quirks, etc.

I don't have any words for how much help this book has been to me. It is totally worth the money expensive as it is. This is one gem of a guide, and thesaurus is too humble a word for it. Didn't read this one front to back either, just looked through the kind of traits it contained. Unlike the emotion thesaurus, this one contains some useful information in the front about how to use negative traits to make believable characters. Each thesaurus entry shows the positive and negative side of the trait, similar personality aspects, actions, even causes. Useful for when you want to show something bad about your character without outright saying it, but for me personally I found the em Didn't read this one front to back either, just looked through the kind of traits it contained.

Useful for when you want to show something bad about your character without outright saying it, but for me personally I found the emotion thesaurus a bit more useful. They use a similar format as the Emotion Thesaurus by defining the characteristic, listing similar attributes, possible causes and associated behaviors. Buy them both Nov 15, J. Menefee rated it it was amazing Shelves: writing-craft. The Negative Trait Thesaurus is a solid desktop reference book for any fiction author's professional library.

I'm very glad I got this book, though I was hesitant at first. This book will not only help authors while brainstorming ideas for character weaknesses, but it also: provides insights into the kinds of background events that might cause such flaws; how the flaw impacts their view of the events around them; and solid ideas for what it takes to resolve those flaws at the character arc conclu The Negative Trait Thesaurus is a solid desktop reference book for any fiction author's professional library.

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This book will not only help authors while brainstorming ideas for character weaknesses, but it also: provides insights into the kinds of background events that might cause such flaws; how the flaw impacts their view of the events around them; and solid ideas for what it takes to resolve those flaws at the character arc conclusion.

Jan 08, Willow Woodford rated it it was amazing. The Negative Trait Thesaurus talks about using traits to deepen your characterization to help your reader become emotionally invested in them. Jan 12, Chris Lofts rated it really liked it. I have three in this series; this one along with the Guide to Character attributes and the writers guide to character expression.

Not a book to read end to end, in the same way you wouldn't read any thesaurus. The introduction provides some great insights and in sections themselves, provide much food for thought. Great companion books which have a well-deserved place on my desk where I write so they're nice and handy. May 28, M. Nichols rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction. I love this series of books. They're great desk references for authors wanting inspiration for their writing. It helps spur new ideas and helps your writing from becoming stagnant and repetitive just like having a regular thesaurus does for your word choice.

I would highly recommend these books for anyone looking to improve their craft. Jul 09, Christopher Ryan rated it really liked it. A great resource, but it's of low physical quality. The margins are wide, cramming the print toward the spine; the line spacing jumps around; the font is a poor choice, especially for italics.

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In general it looks and feels like a print-on-demand book, which I'm sure it is sellers should disclose such things so that buyers are aware of the quality of the book they're purchasing. Jan 20, Timandra Whitecastle rated it it was amazing. I picked this up this week because I already own The Emotion Thesaurus by Ackerman and Puglisi, and it is very useful. The Negative Trait Thesaurus seems to be yet another helpful tool in a writers toolbox, especially when it comes to creating characters. As always, the authors point out that you should use their Thesaurus to jumpstart your own imagination when fleshing out a character.

Feb 07, Eric Warren rated it it was amazing.

When Flaws Go Too Far: Avoiding Unlikeable Characters

I can not recommend this book enough for writers. Not only does this book go into detail about negative traits, their related feelings and examples of each, but Ackerman and Puglisi give a great overview of both external and internal conflict and how to build motivation for each. Sep 07, Zara West rated it really liked it Shelves: writing-tips. A companion to the Emotional Thesaurus, I find this book to be much less useful.


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Many of the flaws are so commonsense that the need to look them up seems unneeded. However, if you are stuck designing a character, this can be a useful creative jog. I suppose it is meant to be thumbed through when you are stuck. In other words, a light reference book. I picked two of them up because the goodreads' This book is just a series of bullet point lists about generic character traits with headings, such as "similar attributes", "associated behaviors", and other paint by numbers character information.

I picked two of them up because the goodreads's score were high and I couldn't peruse them before reading. The score seems artificially high to read about character traits such as "Nature-focused". This book also provides some examples of each trait pulled from film, books and popular culture. These were the most amusing part. Often, they are wrong and sometimes they are just goofy. Under "Professional", which they defined as "exhibiting specialized knowledge and applying it with courtesy and good judgment", they listed, as an example, "Donald Trump".

Jun 22, Stephanie rated it it was amazing. This book - a long with all the other books in the writer helping writer series - is probebly the best investment I have made when it comes to my career in story telling. A strong character makes a book. In fact - if your plot is nothing more than a delivery driver delivering a TV to someone's house and you have a proteagenist with depth and a well throughout supporting character or two, I would read the absolute shit out of your book.

I would highly recommend these series to any writer who's seri This book - a long with all the other books in the writer helping writer series - is probebly the best investment I have made when it comes to my career in story telling. I would highly recommend these series to any writer who's serious about writing for publication. A billion stars. A handy partner to the Negative Trait Thesaurus , though it is set up a little bit differently, with four areas they recommend characters should have strengths in to better balance them.

There's a couple blurbs at the front about villains and positive traits to make them more believable, and as with its companion volume, the PTT includes both the positive and negative aspects of each trait. It's a detailed list and a good starting point for making characters who are well rounded and realistic. Jan 08, Willow Woodford rated it it was amazing.

The Positive Trait Thesaurus talks about using traits to deepen your characterization to help your reader become emotionally invested in them. They use a similar format as the Emotion Thesaurus by defining the characteristic, listing similar attributes, possible causes and associated behaviors.

Jan 12, Chris Lofts rated it really liked it. I have three in this series; this one along with the Guide to Character Flaws and the writers guide to character expression.

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Not a book to read end to end, in the same way you wouldn't read any thesaurus. The introduction provides some great insights and in the sections themselves ideas around the kind of attributes in characters that may cause conflict between protagonist and antagonist, provides much food for thought. Great companion books which have a well-deserved place on my desk where I wr I have three in this series; this one along with the Guide to Character Flaws and the writers guide to character expression. Great companion books which have a well-deserved place on my desk where I write so they're nice and handy.

May 28, M. Nichols rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction. I love this series of books. They're great desk references for authors wanting inspiration for their writing. It helps spur new ideas and helps your writing from becoming stagnant and repetitive just like having a regular thesaurus does for your word choice. I would highly recommend these books for anyone looking to improve their craft.

This is a super helpful reference book for when you're feeling kind of stale with ideas and need help exploring the possibilities for what a character's motivations and desires or reasons might be, and what traits they might have. I think leaned upon too heavily it could make one's writing prosaic but as an occasional tool or just a little bit of a prompt to use when you're stuck it's great. Awesome tool I think this book is an awesome tool that I will be able to use while writing my book.

It really breaks things down to help me build up my characters better. Plus I love that they have additional books like this too! Like all of Angela Ackerman's books on writing, I find it an invaluable tool in writing my own stories. Essential for writers! This book came to my rescue during a tough edit. I only wish I had read this earlier in my writing career. Dec 26, Laura rated it it was amazing. A really good writing companion. Would recommend all the books in this series. Jul 10, Lyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction , how-to-write. Coupled with The Negative Trait Thesaurus, a must for writers to build believable, well-rounded characters.

Nov 25, Amy rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction , More of a reference book than an instructional book. Oct 01, Jaimee Walls rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , writing-books. A must-have for great characterization! Aug 29, Christina McDonald rated it it was amazing. Fantastic and highly recommend. Positive traits are easy to find and really well explored. Loved it! Dec 06, D. Henneman rated it it was amazing. A fantastic resource for any writer.

The information is easy to navigate, and really help to get the creative juices flowing! A big thank you to the authors! There are no discussion topics on this book yet.