The Writer’s Guide to Character Traits

Author: Linda Edelstein

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582972466

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 332

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From serial killers to business tycoons to politicians, The Writer's Guide to Character Traits profiles the mental, emotional, and physical qualities of dozens of different personality types. With this book's highly accessible format, writers can mix and match the traits of specific personality types to create original, complex characters. Unique personality styles and types are profiled, including psychopaths, cult members, overachievers, addicts, amnesia victims, social climbers, career criminals and philanthropists. In addition, this guide includes sections on the personality types of children, physical disorders that influence personality, and outlines of typical and atypical human development.
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The Negative Trait Thesaurus

A Writer's Guide to Character Flaws

Author: Angela Ackerman,Becca Puglisi

Publisher: Jadd Publishing

ISBN: 9780989772501

Category: Characters and characteristics in literature

Page: 264

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"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."--
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Writer's Guide to Character Traits

Author: Dr. Linda Edelstein

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582973906

Category: Reference

Page: 384

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From Sex to Schizophrenia: Everything You Need to Develop Your Characters! &break;&break;What makes a person commit a white-collar crime? Who is a likely candidate to join a cult? Why do children have imaginary friends? How does birth order affect whether or not a person gets married? When does mind over matter become a crippling problem? &break;&break;Writer's Guide to Character Traits, 2nd edition answers all of these questions and many others. With more than 400 easy-to-reference lists of traits blended from a variety of behaviors and influences, you'll gain the knowledge you need to create distinctive characters whose personalities correspond to their thoughts and actions - no matter how normal or psychotic they might be. In this updated and expanded edition, you'll also find: &break;&break; Comprehensive instruction on how to use this book&break; New statistical information to help you create true-to-life characters&break; Corresponding exercises that show you how to put the material to work in your stories&break; A quick-reference index to make cross-referencing a snap&break; Idea sparkers to get your thoughts out of your head and onto the page &break;&break;Plus, you'll learn about common - and not so common - psychological, physical, and relationship disorders; delve into the minds of criminals; find out what it takes to be a professional athlete, scientist, and truck driver; discover what life is like for a gang member, suicidal teen, and alcoholic; and more. &break;&break;In Writer's Guide to Character Traits, 2nd edition, note psychologist and author Dr. Linda Edelstein takes you beyond generic personality types and into the depths of the human psyche where you're sure to find the resources you need to make your characters stand out from the crowd.
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The Positive Trait Thesaurus

A Writer's Guide to Character Attributes

Author: Angela Ackerman,Becca Puglisi

Publisher: Jadd Publishing

ISBN: 9780989772518

Category: Creative writing

Page: 252

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"Inside The Positive Trait Thesaurus, you'll find a large selection of attributes to choose from when building a personality profile, real character examples from literature, film, or television to show how an attribute drives actions and decisions, influences goals, and steers relationships, advice on using positive traits to immediately hook readers while avoiding common personality pitfalls, insight on human needs and morality, and how each determines the strengths that emerge in heroes and villains alike, information on the key role positive attributes play within the character arc, and how they're vital to overcoming fatal flaws and achieving success, and downloadable tools for organizing a character's attributes and providing a deeper understanding of his past, his needs, and his emotional wounds."--
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A Writer's Guide to Fiction

Author: Elizabeth Lyon

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101143889

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

View: 3956

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The second book in the Writer's Compass series from professional writing instructor Elizabeth Lyon offers both aspiring and established authors the fundamentals of writing and selling a great novel or short story. In addition to the basics of characterization, plot, pacing, and theme, A Writer's Guide to Fiction also features a plan for revising fiction, a guide to marketing, samples of cover and query letters, and methods of honing the writing craft.
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The College Writer: A Guide to Thinking, Writing, and Researching

Author: Randall VanderMey,Verne Meyer,John Van Rys,Patrick Sebranek

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1285974433

Category: Education

Page: 752

View: 4906

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Combining streamlined instruction in the writing process with outstanding accessibility, THE COLLEGE WRITER is a fully updated four-in-one book-with a rhetoric, a reader, a research guide, and a handbook-for users at any skill level. Throughout the book, numerous student and professional writing samples highlight important features of academic writing-from voice to documentation-and offer models for users' own papers. The fifth edition features a greater focus on writing across the curriculum, further supported within the research chapters by additional coverage of report writing, primary research, and avoiding plagiarism. Each student text is packaged with a free Cengage Essential Reference Card to the MLA HANDBOOK, Eighth Edition. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
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The College Writer: A Guide to Thinking, Writing, and Researching, Brief

Author: Randall VanderMey,Verne Meyer,John Van Rys,Patrick Sebranek

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1285437969

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 608

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Combining streamlined instruction in the writing process with outstanding accessibility, THE COLLEGE WRITER, BRIEF, is a fully updated three-in-one book-with a rhetoric, a reader, and a research guide-for users at any skill level. Throughout the book, numerous student and professional writing samples highlight important features of academic writing-from voice to documentation-and offer models for users’ own papers. The fifth edition features a greater focus on writing across the curriculum, further supported within the research chapters by additional coverage of report writing, primary research, and avoiding plagiarism. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
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Crafting the Character Arc

A Practical Guide to Character Creation and Development

Author: Jennie Jarvis

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781940761121

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 182

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Many writers believe once they have their basic plot points in place, their stories are destined to succeed. But many narratives fall flat between those plot points and lose their audience before the big finish. Engaging the audience and moving the story forward in every scene is the responsibility of the characters, not the plot. But while many books on the craft of writing state that characters need to be three dimensional and change, a beginning writer isn't always sure how to turn these rather abstract ideas into concrete craft on the page. Crafting the Character Arc offers a practical guide to character creation and development by expanding upon the concept of the character arc and creating a step-by-step guide for writers to ensure that their characters are dynamic and engaging. Using narrative examples from multiple platforms, including novels, films and games, this is the essential guide for helping writers create an active and well-defined character arc. Crafting The Character Arc is structured in three main parts. Part One covers the more traditional, basic approach to creating character, including personality traits, depth, secrets, goals versus emotional needs, active versus reactive protagonists, and dramatic functions. Part Two introduces the Major Dramatic Curve, a detailed pictorial representation of a character arc and its major elements: place of rest, inciting incident, rising action, crisis point, climax and falling action/resolution. Part Three offers practical applications of the Major Dramatic Curve. The writer is given guidance for using the curve to create a dynamic and engaging narrative work. Lastly, some variations in using the Major Dramatic Curve are explored and exceptions to the rules are addressed. Character Arcs are a critical part of every story making this guide applicable to multiple mediums: novels, short stories, films, TV, games, plays, and Web series.
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