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The negative trait thesaurus : a writer's guide to character flaws / Angela Ackerman, Becca Puglisi.

Ackerman, Angela. (Author). Puglisi, Becca, (author.).


"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, 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, and downloadable tools to aid writers in character creation."-- Back cover.

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  • ISBN: 9780989772501
  • ISBN: 0989772500
  • Physical Description: 263 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
  • Publisher: [Jupiter, Fla.] : JADD Publishing, 2013.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject: Fiction > Technique.
Villains in literature.
Characters and characteristics in literature.

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Cameron Public. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Cameron Public Library.


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