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The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Flaws (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Angela Ackerman , Becca Puglisi

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Crafting likable, interesting characters is a balancing act, and finding that perfect mix of strengths and weaknesses can be difficult. Not only does a well-drawn protagonist need positive attributes to help him succeed, he must also have flaws that humanize him and give him something to overcome. The same is true of villains and the rest of the story’s supporting cast. So how can writers figure out which flaws best fit their characters? Which negative traits will create personality clashes and conflict while making success difficult?


Nothing adds complexity like character flaws. Inside the Negative Trait Thesaurus you’ll find:
*A vast collection of flaws to explore when building a character’s personality.
*Each entry includes possible causes, attitudes, behaviors, 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 twists a character’s view of himself and his world, influencing behavior 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
*Downloadable tools to aid writers in character creation

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

Biographie de l'auteur

Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are co-creators of The Bookshelf Muse, an award winning online resource for writers. The Negative Trait Thesaurus is the second book in their descriptive writing series, along with The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Emotion, and The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Attributes. Members of SCBWI and writers of middle grade and young adult fiction, both authors lead workshops at regional conferences throughout North America and teach webinars at WANA International. They can be found at

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Brainstorming Tool of the Year 18 octobre 2013
Par K.M. Weiland, Author of Historical and Speculative Fiction - Publié sur
I turn to Ackerman and Puglisi's Emotion Thesaurus regularly when needing inspiration for character reactions and action beats. Their new additions to the series are shaping up to be just as valuable, if not more so. In the introductory material to this volume, they state that they view this book as a "brainstorming tool." This is spot-on.

As they explain in their insightful opening chapters, character flaws drive character arcs. Without a solid understanding of what major problem is at the crux of our character's personal dilemma, we will never have the knowledge to shape a powerful transformation over the course of our story.

But more than just power, we also want originality, and this is where the Negative Trait Thesaurus should prove especially helpful. Just in browsing a few entries, my imagination was immediately spurred to look beyond obvious, first-glance choices toward bigger and more unique possibilities. I look forward to using this wonderful tool (complete with some of the best "bonus goodies" I've ever seen in the appendices) in shaping my characters in my next work-in-progress.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another Must-Have Resource for Fiction Authors 24 octobre 2013
Par Shelley Hitz - Publié sur
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I am a big fan of "The Emotion Thesaurus" and was excited to see that the authors released two new resources for authors..."The Negative Trait Thesaurus" and the "Positive Trait Thesaurus." I highly recommend both volumes.

In "The Negative Trait Thesaurus," the authors provide a treasure chest of ideas for fiction authors to use to bring depth to their characters. These character flaws will help add additional conflict to your story as well as help bring your characters to life for your readers.

The meat of the book (that I will use the most often) contains 106 negative traits. Each listing includes the following:

1) Definition
2) Similar Flaws
3) Possible Causes
4) Associated Behaviors and Attitudes
5) Associated Thoughts
6) Associated Emotions
7) Positive Aspects
8) Negative Aspects
9) Example from Film
10) Overcoming This Trait as a Major Flaw
11) Traits in Supporting Characters That May Cause Conflict

As you can see, each negative trait is jam-packed with great brain-storming content.

I recommend authors use this tool as follows:

1) When creating your character profiles
2) When you need to add extra depth to your characters
3) When brainstorming new characters
4) To find additional ways to add conflict to your story

And I'm sure there are tons of other uses for this tool as well. The authors also provide introductory material which could be a book in itself as well as tools in the appendix including a needs and lies list, a reverse backstory tool and character pyramid tool with links to print these tools off as well.

I highly recommend this book as a resource and brainstorming tool for fiction authors!

Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, but would have gladly paid for a copy as I know I will use it often.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another must-have for all writers 9 octobre 2013
Par Marissa Graff - Publié sur
Angela and Becca have done it again! The Negative Trait Thesaurus is a fantastic, must-have resource for writers. The exhaustive list of character flaws and how they are manifest on the page will inform writers for every character they craft. Beyond simply showing the negative aspects of a character, this book helps writers show their internal world, helping writers convey true motivations and needs. The result is character development on the deepest, most meaningful levels possible.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This Book Should Get 10 Stars! 29 octobre 2013
Par Susanne Lakin - Publié sur
Authors, you need this book. As a writing coach who reads and critiques 200 manuscripts a year, I can't speak highly enough about this book and the companion book, the Positive Trait book. I have a bookcase full of writing craft books that I draw on in my teaching and recommend to my clients, but I can easily say these books by Ackerman and Puglisi are at the top. It is so vital for writers to understand how to create believable characters, and that can't be done by randomly assigning traits and flaws with no regard for the background and history of the character. Just as in real life, characters need to act based on their true core personalities, which have been formed by events in the past and their upbringing. The authors of these books help writers see how to create rich, complex characters that will jump off the page. And the thesaurus style of these books makes for easy access to look up traits, flaws, and emotions (I'm including their Emotion Thesaurus in here too). Get all three. Your writing will greatly benefit!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Awesome! 8 octobre 2013
Par Julie Musil - Publié sur
Just like the Emotion Thesaurus, the Negative Trait Thesaurus is a must read for writers. One of the areas I loved most was choosing a negative character trait, then matching it with a trait in another character that would offer natural conflict. Reading through these traits has helped me dig deeper and create flawed--but real--characters.
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