Creative writing

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

View: 8986

"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."--
Characters and characteristics in literature

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

View: 5153

"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."--
Reference

The Emotion Thesaurus

A Writer's Guide to Character Expression

Author: Angela Ackerman,Becca Puglisi

Publisher: Createspace Indie Pub Platform

ISBN: 9781475004953

Category: Reference

Page: 172

View: 5086

"One of the biggest problem areas for writers is conveying emotion to the reader in a unique, compelling way. When showing our characters' feelings, we often grab onto the first idea that comes to mind, and our characters end up smiling, shrugging, nodding, and frowning far too much. Need some inspiration to get you beyond the basics? Inside The Emotion Thesaurus, you'll find: 75 emotion entires that list body language, thoughts, and visceral responses for each, a breakdown of the biggest emotion-related writing problems and how to overcome them, body language and action cues that address both acute and suppressed forms of emotion, suggestions for each emotion that cover a range of intensity, from mild to extreme, 75 description tips on emotion, dialogue, characters, and setting."--
Reference

Writer's Guide to Character Traits

Author: Dr. Linda Edelstein

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582973906

Category: Reference

Page: 384

View: 6447

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.

The Rural Setting Thesaurus

A Writer's Guide to Personal and Natural Places

Author: Angela Ackerman,Becca Puglisi

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780989772556

Category:

Page: 260

View: 2181

Within the pages of a book lives a place of a writer's imagining, one that has the ability to pull readers in on a visceral level. But the audience's emotional fascination will only last if the author is able to describe this vibrant world and its inhabitants well. The setting is the unique story element that brings together characters and events. So much more than stage dressing, the setting is able to evoke mood, provide unique challenges that force the hero to acknowledge his faults and fight for what he wants, and hold a mirror up to his emotions, peeling back the layers of his most intimate feelings, fears, and desires.

The Urban Setting Thesaurus

A Writer's Guide to City Spaces

Author: Angela Ackerman,Becca Puglisi

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780989772563

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 977

Making readers care and feel like they're part of the story should be the number one goal for all writers. Ironically, many storytellers fail to maximize one of fiction's most powerful elements to achieve this: the setting. Not only can the right location become a conduit for emotion, it can also provide conflict, characterize the story's cast, reveal significant backstory, and trigger the reader's own emotional memories through sensory details and deep point of view. Inside The Urban Thesaurus, you'll find: A list of the sights, smells, tastes, textures, and sounds for over 120 urban settings Possible sources of conflict for each location to help you brainstorm ways to naturally complicate matters for your characters Advice on how to make every piece of description count so you can maintain the right pace and keep readers engaged Tips on utilizing the five senses to encourage readers to more fully experience each moment by triggering their own emotional memories Information on how to use the setting to characterize a story's cast through personalization and emotional values while using emotional triggers to steer their decisions A review of specific challenges that arise when writing urban locations, along with common descriptive pitfalls that should be avoided Downloadable tools to help you plan each setting so you can choose the right one for a scene, providing the biggest storytelling punch The Urban Setting Thesaurus helps you tailor each setting to your characters while creating a realistic, textured world readers will long to return to, even after the book closes.
Creative writing

The Emotional Wound Thesaurus

A Writer's Guide to Psychological Trauma

Author: Becca Puglisi,Angela Ackerman

Publisher: Jadd Publishing

ISBN: 9780989772594

Category: Creative writing

Page: 326

View: 5282

Of all the formative experiences in a character¿s past, none are more destructive than emotional wounds. The aftershocks of trauma can change who they are, alter what they believe, and sabotage their ability to achieve meaningful goals, all of which will affect the trajectory of a story. Enter The Emotional Wound Thesaurus, which explores over 100 possible traumatic experiences from a character¿s past and how they can impact the character in the present. Armed with this unique resource, authors will be able to root their characters in reality by giving them an authentic wound that causes difficulties and prompts them to strive for inner growth to overcome it.
Literary Criticism

Creating Characters

A Writer's Reference to the Personality Traits That Bring Fictional People to Life

Author: Howard Lauther

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786486564

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

View: 8785

A frequent problem area for fiction writers is characterization. If writers jump headlong into a story with only a fuzzy notion about the people who are in it, the result is a collection of characters who are cliched, stereotypical and not very interesting. Creating Characters is an easy to use reference work that looks at character development from many different angles. The book does not tell writers how to write. Instead, it generates a thought process by asking crucial questions about characters' internal and external traits, wants, needs, likes, dislikes, fears, beliefs, strengths, weaknesses, habits and backgrounds. Following these questions, the writer will find an ever deeper and wider array of options. Thus, Creating Characters helps writers delve as deeply into a character's psychology as they want. All characters, and the stories they people, can be made richer and more compelling.
Language Arts & Disciplines

The Writer's digest sourcebook for building believable characters

Author: Marc McCutcheon

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 282

View: 9978

Six novelists reveal their approaches to characterization in this guide, which comes with a questionnaire to help writers probe their characters' backgrounds, beliefs, and desires and a "thesaurus" of physical and psychological traits to aid in character development.
Authorship

Master Lists for Writers

Book I, Knights of Manus Sancti

Author: Bryn Donovan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780996715218

Category: Authorship

Page: 269

View: 473

Language Arts & Disciplines

The First Five Pages

A Writer's Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile

Author: Noah Lukeman

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199575282

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

View: 4247

Language, literature and biography.
Language Arts & Disciplines

The Writer's Guide to Psychology

How to Write Accurately about Psychological Disorders, Clinical Treatment and Human Behavior

Author: Carolyn Kaufman

Publisher: Linden Publishing

ISBN: 1610350154

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 234

View: 3153

An accurate and accessible survey of modern psychological theory and practice, this reference offers professional writers practical advice for incorporating psychological elements into their work. With easy-to-understand explanations and definitions, this book is an invaluable resource for any writer wishing to add realistic details to scenes that depict psychologists, mental illnesses and disorders, and psychotherapeutic treatments. Designed around the needs of professional fiction and nonfiction writers, this is an easy-to-use resource that includes historical and modern psychological treatments and terms and refutes popularly held misconceptions.
Language Arts & Disciplines

The Art of Character

Creating Memorable Characters for Fiction, Film, and TV

Author: David Corbett

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101602996

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 416

View: 7586

Former private investigator and New York Times notable author David Corbett offers a unique and indispensable toolkit for creating characters that come vividly to life on the page and linger in memory. Corbett provides an inventive, inspiring, and vastly entertaining blueprint to all the elements of characterization-from initial inspiration to realization-with special insights into the power of secrets and contradictions, the embodiment of roles, managing the "tyranny of motive," and mastering crucial techniques required for memorable dialogue and unforgettable scenes. This is a how-to guide for both aspiring and accomplished writers that renders all other books of its kind obsolete.
Language Arts & Disciplines

The Complete Writer's Guide to Heroes and Heroines

Sixteen Master Archetypes

Author: Tami D. Cowden,Caro LaFever,Sue Viders

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780615908113

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 200

View: 573

Originally published: Hollywood, CA: Lone Eagle Pub., c2000.
Language Arts & Disciplines

A Writer's Guide to Characterization

Archetypes, Heroic Journeys, and Other Elements of Dynamic Character Development

Author: Victoria Lynn Schmidt

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781599635576

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 218

View: 3683

Develop compelling character arcs using the power of myth! In the best novels, characters undergo dramatic changes that keep readers turning pages. A Writer's Guide to Characterization shows you how to develop such meaningful character arcs in your own work--stories of transformation that will resonate with readers long after the story ends. In this comprehensive guide, author Victoria Lynn Schmidt examines cross-cultural archetypes to illustrate how they can make your work more powerful and compelling. Plus, you'll learn how to draw from Jungian psychology to add complexity and believability to your characters. Schmidt also provides: 40 lessons on character development (with examples from well-known films and novels) that you can apply to your own work Questionnaires and exercises to help you select male and female archetypes and adapt them to your story 15 classic animal archetypes (including the coyote, snake, tiger, and butterfly) you can use to build convincing character profiles With A Writer's Guide to Characterization, you'll have the information you need to infuse the development of your characters with drama and authenticity.
Reference

Creating Character Arcs

The Masterful Author's Guide to Uniting Story Structure

Author: K. M. Weiland

Publisher: Penforasword

ISBN: 9781944936044

Category: Reference

Page: 274

View: 1521

Explores the techniques of effective character development in the processing of writing novels to take the author's stories from good to great, including how to determine which arc is right for your character, why you should never pit plot against character, and how to avoid the pitfalls of writing novels without character arcs.
Reference

Making Shapely Fiction

Author: Jerome Stern

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393077691

Category: Reference

Page: 288

View: 4132

A deft analysis and appreciation of fiction—what makes it work and what can make it fail. Here is a book about the craft of writing fiction that is thoroughly useful from the first to the last page—whether the reader is a beginner, a seasoned writer, or a teacher of writing. You will see how a work takes form and shape once you grasp the principles of momentum, tension, and immediacy. "Tension," Stern says, "is the mother of fiction. When tension and immediacy combine, the story begins." Dialogue and action, beginnings and endings, the true meaning of "write what you know," and a memorable listing of don'ts for fiction writers are all covered. A special section features an Alphabet for Writers: entries range from Accuracy to Zigzag, with enlightening comments about such matters as Cliffhangers, Point of View, Irony, and Transitions.
Psychology

Clinician's Thesaurus

The Guidebook for Writing Psychological Reports

Author: Edward L. Zuckerman

Publisher: Guilford Publications

ISBN: 9781572305694

Category: Psychology

Page: 385

View: 8301

A bestseller with over 150,000 copies in print, this popular guidebook offers an exhaustive checklist of thousands of words and phrases in an easily accessible format, enabling practitioners to quickly select the appropriate terms to describe almost any clinical situation.

Book Architecture

How to Plot and Outline Without Using a Formula

Author: Stuart Horwitz

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780986420405

Category:

Page: 156

View: 5105

In Book Architecture: How to Plot and Outline Without Using a Formula, Stuart Horwitz returns with his trademark clarity to help writers craft a powerful plot and an effective outline for their works-in-progress. Along the way, Horwitz offers detailed, concrete examples that reveal how the Book Architecture Method works with everything from literary classics to blockbuster films.
Psychology

The Writer's A-Z of Body Language

Author: Tim Ellis

Publisher: FeedARead.com

ISBN: 9781785105548

Category: Psychology

Page: 92

View: 8408

This book is for writer's to cherry-pick body language for their characters. It does what it says on the cover - it's an A-Z list of emotions, attitudes and feelings with the associated body language.