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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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Disclaimer: I am not a published author, I just write for fun. This book is a very useful little tool. It offers, as others have said, incredibly detailed list of positive traits. There is a definition, a list of similar attributes, possible causes for this trait, associated behaviour, associated thoughts, associated emotions, positive aspects, negative aspects, examples from literature, traits in supporting characters that cause conflict and challenging scenarios. It should be immediately obvious that this makes this reference useful for different stages of the writing process. When you create your characters, you can use this book (and "The negative Trait Thesaurus") to give your characters certain traits and to balance them. It can inspire you when you come up with their back stories. Say you want an adaptable character - you look up the "possible causes" and find a host of possible backstory scenarios as well as associated character traits (such as "strong self-esteem"). Now you have your main character. We all know that conflict is at the heart of every good fiction. And the book reminds you that you will need supporting characters who are meticulous/compulsive/impatient etc. Or maybe your character is not "adaptable." In fact she is very set in her ways, but you want her character arc to result in her becoming adaptable. "Possible causes" will give you ideas on how to achieve this. The "challenging scenarios" might even give you an idea for a first scene. They can also help when you get stuck in the middle of the story and notice that there isn't enough conflict. Or maybe that you KNOW your character has this amazing positive trait but so far you have only told your readers, but not shown it. This book will give you inspiration.
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HASH(0x91d39420) von 5 Sternen So Much More Than a List of Traits 22. Oktober 2013
Von K.M. Weiland, Author of Historical and Speculative Fiction - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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At its heart, this is, of course, a reference manual. Ninety-five percent of the book offers an incredibly detailed list of possible positive attributes for writers to consider and assign to their characters. But this is so much more than just a list. The authors have analyzed, categorized, contrasted, and brainstormed a tremendous resource for authors to use in not just slapping traits onto their characters, but in considering the story-wide ramifications of those choices.

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.
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HASH(0x91d39474) von 5 Sternen This Book Should Get 10 Stars! 29. Oktober 2013
Von Susanne Lakin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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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 Negative 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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HASH(0x91d398ac) von 5 Sternen awesome! 22. Oktober 2013
Von just Joan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is an invaluable writing tool and one I know I will refer back to whenever I need to create characters. I loved how the authors laid it all out and simplified how to create characters in the beginning and then followed it up with a comprehensive list of positive attributes that offer possible reasons the character may have developed that trait. What a great way to spark ideas and get to the heart and soul of each character!
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HASH(0x91d39894) von 5 Sternen A Must-Have Resource 2. Dezember 2013
Von Lisanne Harrington - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As a writer myself, I have four resource books on my desk at all times, and this is one of them, along with The Negative Trait Thesaurus, The Emotion Thesaurus and Webster's Dictionary. As a writer, this is a must-have. It is well thought out, comprehensive and perhaps best of all, easy to use. Unlike a typical thesaurus, there's no going back and forth from one entry to another similar entry to another and another. Everything you need is right there.

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.
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Von Lynn - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Every writer needs both the Positive Trait Thesaurus and the Negative Trait Thesaurus. They go together. Add in the Emotion Thesaurus and the great downloads and extras these talented writers give you on their website (which add up to another fabulous book on their own) and you probably won't need too many other books on the craft of writing. A good dictionary and a Synonym finder and you are all set.

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!
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