- Taschenbuch: 252 Seiten
- Verlag: JADD Publishing (3. Oktober 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0989772519
- ISBN-13: 978-0989772518
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,8 x 1,4 x 25,4 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 59.693 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Attributes (Writers Helping Writers) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 3. Oktober 2013
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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 Writers Helping Writers 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 around North America and teach webinars through WANA International. They can be found at www.writershelpingwriters.net.
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The fantastic resource material aside, the front matter chapters, in which the authors discuss pertinent aspects of character personality and arc, are worth the price of admission all by themselves. I've ready many books on crafting characters, but these few chapters have packed in more pertinent info than half a dozen of those books.
This book is a companion to The Negative Trait Thesaurus. If I had to choose just one of the books, I would probably go with the Negative Traits one, just because its info is slightly less intuitive. But, really, these books are two halves of a whole and belong side by side on every writer's shelf.
Plus there are articles about how to create characters readers will connect with, how needs and morals influence a character, what a positive trait is and how it develops.
Writers, you NEED this book. Readers, you will also benefit from reading this book-it will help you recognize great writing from the not-so-great. I highly recommend it.
I have bought all three "Thesauruses" and loved them so much I bought all three for my Kindle too so I can have them on the move and when travelling. These Thesauruses are exceptionally well organised and contain huge amounts of information in a concise and practical format.
You could just leap in and pick a handful of traits to apply to your character(s) and they would still be better off than when you started. However, taking the time to read through the "users guide" chapters will add so much to your understanding of how to craft truly memorable characters that it is well worth the time invested to do this. Then use the listings to pick and choose traits and counter-traits and the ways in which they would possibly be exhibited to start building a team of people that will resonate with readers. Also use the listings to develop conflict between characters in a psychological way by giving each person traits that would "irritate" or "confuse" the other - much more subtle than the standard good guy VS bad guy.
I can't rate these books highly enough. I know I'm going to be buying them again every couple of years as they become tatty and worn out with daily use!