Last year for Christmas, I received three books that are intended to help fiction writers with their craft. The authors are: Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi. I have found them to be wonderful resources — great as references, but also interesting to just sit and read. The three books are:
1. The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Attributes
2. The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Flaws
3. The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma
Just say one of your characters is Idealistic, Gullible, Selfish, or Whiny … anything, it’s there. These books will help you bring that to life in a ‘show don’t tell’ manner. For every trait, they list possible causes, associated behaviors, thoughts and emotions. They give examples from TV, movies and other books — they even give you sample utterances to help you put words in your characters mouth.
So, if you are interested, put these books on your Christmas list (or buy them for yourself). In researching for this post, I see other titles available from these authors. I’m delighted to know that! Other items for my own Christmas wish list.
Speaking of which … who has other books to recommend? I know this is a site about naked fiction, but I am specifically asking about other books on the art of writing fiction. But feel free to suggest anything.
Blair P. Clavel