The Positive Trait Thesaurus

The Positive Trait Thesaurus Author Angela Ackerman
ISBN-10 0989772519
Year 2013
Pages 252
Language en
Publisher Jadd Publishing
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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."--

The Negative Trait Thesaurus

The Negative Trait Thesaurus Author Angela Ackerman
ISBN-10 0989772500
Year 2013
Pages 264
Language en
Publisher Jadd Publishing
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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."--

The Writer s Guide to Character Traits

The Writer s Guide to Character Traits Author Linda Edelstein
ISBN-10 UCSC:32106015607622
Year 1999-10-15
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Writers Digest Books
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Provides profiles of dozens of mental, emotional, and physical personality traits and types to help writers create original characters

The Emotion Thesaurus

The Emotion Thesaurus Author Angela Ackerman
ISBN-10 1475004958
Year 2012
Pages 172
Language en
Publisher Createspace Indie Pub Platform
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"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."--

The Rural Setting Thesaurus

The Rural Setting Thesaurus Author Angela Ackerman
ISBN-10 0989772551
Year 2016-05-22
Pages 260
Language en
Publisher
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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

The Urban Setting Thesaurus Author Angela Ackerman
ISBN-10 098977256X
Year 2016-05-22
Pages
Language en
Publisher
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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.

A Writer s Guide to Characterization

A Writer s Guide to Characterization Author Victoria Lynn Schmidt
ISBN-10 9781599635590
Year 2012-07-30
Pages 218
Language en
Publisher Writer's Digest Books
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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.

The Writer s Idea Thesaurus

The Writer s Idea Thesaurus Author Fred White
ISBN-10 9781599638249
Year 2014-09-05
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Writer's Digest Books
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Endless ideas at your fingertips, and at the turn of a page... Need an idea for a short story or novel? Look no further than The Writer's Idea Thesaurus. It's far more than a collection of simple writing prompts. You'll find a vast treasury of story ideas inside, organized by subject, theme, and situation categories, and listed alphabetically for easy reference. Author and award-winning writing instructor Fred White shows you how to build out and customize these ideas to create unique plots that reflect your personal storytelling sensibilities, making The Writer's Idea Thesaurus an invaluable tool for generating creative ideas and vanquishing writer's block--for good. Inside you'll find: 2,000 unique and dynamic story ideas perfect for novels and short stories of any genre or writing style Twenty major idea categories, such as The Invasion of X, The Transformation of X into Y, Escape from X, The Curse of X, and more Multiple situations that further refine the major categories, such as The Creation of Artificial Life, The Descent Into Madness, Love in the Workplace, The Journey to a Forgotten Realm, and more Invaluable advice on how to customize each idea. The Writer's Idea Thesaurus is an interactive story generator that opens the door to thousands of new story arcs and plotlines.

Roget s Thesaurus of Words for Writers

Roget s Thesaurus of Words for Writers Author David Olsen
ISBN-10 9781440573125
Year 2013-12-03
Pages 448
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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The ultimate tool for writers! Whether you're crafting the next great American novel or pounding away at a last-minute blog entry, there will come a time in the process when you struggle to find just the perfect word or phrase. Under the time-tested banner of Roget's Thesaurus, this collection will quickly become the most essential tool on your desk when you're working on your next piece. Far from an ordinary word list, each entry in this book is organized by meaning and offers a list of compelling word choices that relate to the ideas you'd like to use. It also provides a pronunciation guide, definition, antonyms, synonyms, and a sample sentence for each listing. Filled with thousands of unique and compelling words, this book will help you find inspiration, expand your vocabulary, and create one-of-a-kind sentences for any writing assignment. With Roget's Thesaurus of Words for Writers, you'll set your projects in the right direction and engage your audience--one word at a time.

Bullies Bastards And Bitches

Bullies  Bastards And Bitches Author Jessica Morrell
ISBN-10 9781582974842
Year 2008-07-28
Pages 296
Language en
Publisher Writer's Digest Books
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Provides instruction for creating villains, antagonists, dark heroes, and other evil characters through helpful tips that explore their purpose to the story and useful examples from contemporary bestsellers. Original. 10,000 first printing.

The Writer s Guide to Psychology

The Writer s Guide to Psychology Author Carolyn Kaufman
ISBN-10 9781610350150
Year 2010-12-01
Pages 234
Language en
Publisher Linden Publishing
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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.

Flip Dictionary

Flip Dictionary Author Barbara Kipfer
ISBN-10 1582971404
Year 2002-02-01
Pages 693
Language en
Publisher Writer's Digest Books
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Kipfer has created this reference that offers cues and clue words to lead writers to the exact phrase or specific term they need. It features charts and tables, listing groups by subject, such as automobiles or clothing types. It is aimed at writers and word-lovers alike.

Making Shapely Fiction

Making Shapely Fiction Author Jerome Stern
ISBN-10 9780393077698
Year 2011-04-11
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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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.