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The Writer’s Bible: The Negative Trait Thesaurus.

Okay, so two weeks ago, I started this post on books I think every author needs to invest in. These books are a great asset that will help you to 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 great 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 third book.

Like the title says: The Negative trait concentrates on your character’s negative traits. I covered this one a little in the second post as the positive trait and the negative trait goes hand in hand with the Emotional Wound.


The Emotional Wound determines what positive traits and what negative traits your characters can have and sticking to them is crucial. Because that is how humans act with their emotional wounds. But like I always say, there is a list for you to choose from. Like positive traits, your character needs negative traits, which are also known as their flaws. Characters without flaws are dull, and in fact a bit far-fetched as even the kindest human you know have negative traits. They might only see the positive in people and then get badly betrayed when those character’s flaws come to the front.  It means that a character’s negative trait is gullible as people always have a negative trait. Those humans always get hurt as they only focus on the good of people. It’s sad, but people take advantage of one’s positive traits. I wish it wasn’t so. So the negative traits aren’t always seen as bad, and really negative. I’m stubborn which is labelled as a negative trait, but I see it as one of my positive traits, and here is why: When someone tells me I can’t do it, that stubbornness kicks in and then it fuels me to show whoever said that, that I can do it. Yes, I’m stubborn and sometimes hard headed and do not listen, but I listen the hard way, which is then a negative trait. So it’s not always great to be stubborn. 


Your characters need this too, otherwise they will deviate from their choices, how they make them, their behavior, how they act, their inner dialogue, their personality, which at the end makes them damn great characters.


This is what I took directly from their website: You can purchase the book on there as well. 


The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Flaws

Crafting likable, interesting characters is a balancing act, and finding that perfect mix of strengths and weaknesses can be difficult. But the task has become easier thanks to The Negative Trait Thesaurus.

Through its flaw-centric exploration of character arc, motivation, emotional wounds, and basic needs, writers will learn which flaws make the most sense for their heroes, villains, and other members of the story’s cast. Inside The Negative Trait Thesaurus you’ll find:

* A vast collection of flaws to explore when building a character’s personality. Each entry includes possible causes, attitudes, behaviors, thoughts, and related emotions

* Real examples from literature, film, or television to show how each flaw can create life challenges and relational friction

* Advice on building layered and memorable characters from the ground up

* An in-depth look at backstory, emotional wounds, and how pain warps 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

* Downloadable tools to aid writers in character creation

Written in list format and fully indexed, this brainstorming resource is perfect for creating deep, flawed characters that readers will relate to

Next time we will speak about one of my favorite books. Emotions TheSaurus and the Emotion Amplifier.



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