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Love to Learn: The Writer’s Bible: The Positive Trait Thesaurus.

Okay, so last week, I’ve started with this post on books. I think every author needs to invest in. These books are a great asset that will help you write stronger compelling characters that have loads of strengths and flaws, describe settings like a busy city, using all your senses, not just sight, and take that next step in becoming a talented writer.

After the posts, I’m going to speak about their writing tools that they have available to build your characters, and plan your story. I’m currently on the free two weeks plan, and man, I’m bowled over. You will have access to the seven books that I’m going to speak about as well as others that they haven’t published yet (don’t know if they are going to – it might be something exclusive to their writing tool)

So let’s get into the second book.

As the title says, this book is filled with positive traits that your character can have. Last week, we covered the Emotional Wound. The trauma that shapes your character makes them who they are. This book is focusing on that trauma, and what positive traits go hand in hand with that specific trauma. Don’t worry, it’s not just one, there is a list of positive traits that you can choose. What makes this book so amazing, if you choose a positive trait, they even throw out positive traits and negative traits, so you stick on the right path that is attached to that Emotional Wound. Nifty, right?

Positive traits strengthen your character. Even the weakest personalities, meaning people that are scared badly, have positive traits. So if your character is some sort of damsel in distress that needs saving, then she needs to have a couple of positive traits, otherwise readers will not relate to that character.

The same with super powerful characters that are upstanding citizens and a strong pillar of the community. They have brilliant positive traits, but those characters also have negative traits. So both are equally important.

You can’t have a character with just negative traits or just positive traits. It’s impossible. Humans are not built that way and neither should your characters.

Even the heroes in stories have positive and negative traits.

The villains, a lot of negative traits but they do have positive traits too. They must have been nice at a time and their emotional wounds are usually the bad ones that made them what they are today. (in your story)

This book will help you determine their positive traits and go hand in hand with the Emotional Wound, so if you want to save, buy the Emotional Wound first and then the positive and the negative traits. Only my suggestion.

Got this one directly from their website where you can also purchase the book:

Inside The Positive Trait Thesaurus, you’ll find: 

* A large selection of attributes to choose from when building a personality profile. Each entry lists possible causes for why a trait might emerge, along with associated attitudes, behaviors, thoughts, and emotions.

* 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

* Downloadable tools for organizing a character’s attributes and providing a deeper understanding of his past, his needs, and the emotional wounds he must overcome

If you find character creation difficult or worry that your cast members all seem the same, The Positive Trait Thesaurus is brimming with ideas to help you develop one-of-a-kind, dynamic characters that readers will love.

Next time, I will cover the Negative Traits. Don’t miss that one.

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