Tuesday Treasure: The Negative Trait Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman

Tuesday Treasure: Things That Help Me Write

The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character FlawsThe Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Flaws by Angela Ackerman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an excellent resource for writers! I wish that I’d know about it months ago. I want to buy the positive traits thesaurus next, and I already have the emotion thesaurus (highly recommend).

It is well-organized and easy to use. My current MC has some negative traits that really stand out. I want to make sure I get those right, but I also want to make him lovable, despite those negative traits. I think this will help keep me on track.

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Tuesday Treasure: The Emotion Thesaurus by Ackerman & Puglisi

Tuesday Treasure: Things That Help Me Write

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character ExpressionThe Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression by Angela Ackerman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hurry up! You heard me! Go buy this excellent resource, especially if you are a fiction writer. You won’t regret it. It’s very handy and easy to use.

It stops me from using the same physical descriptions over and over again to show emotions. After awhile, I run out of new ways to show emotions, especially on a challenging writing day. It’s great to be able to just flip to an emotion I want to portray in the book and remind myself what that emotion really looks like, in terms of physical representation. It saves me from telling something, when I should be showing it.

I have the negative traits books as well, and I plan to buy positive traits next.

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