Writer's Guide to Character Traits
Includes Profiles of Human Behaviors and Personality TypesBook - 2006 | 2nd ed
Provides profiles of dozens of mental, emotional, and physical personality traits and types to help writers create original characters
In this resource for fiction writers, psychologist and author Edelstein explains the inner workings and behavior of a wide variety of personality types. Edelstein begins with some tips for creating believable characters. Next, she outlines the traits of various adult, child and adolescent personality types. Subsequent chapters deal with (for example) psychological disorders, criminal types, sexual issues, family relationships, and career traits. The second edition contains exercises designed to help writers incorporate personality details into their stories. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From Sex to Schizophrenia: Everything You Need to Develop Your Characters!
What makes a person commit a white-collar crime? Who is a likely candidate to join a cult? Why do children have imaginary friends? How does birth order affect whether or not a person gets married? When does mind over matter become a crippling problem?
Writer's Guide to Character Traits, 2nd edition answers all of these questions and many others. With more than 400 easy-to-reference lists of traits blended from a variety of behaviors and influences, you'll gain the knowledge you need to create distinctive characters whose personalities correspond to their thoughts and actions - no matter how normal or psychotic they might be. In this updated and expanded edition, you'll also find:
- Comprehensive instruction on how to use this book
- New statistical information to help you create true-to-life characters
- Corresponding exercises that show you how to put the material to work in your stories
- A quick-reference index to make cross-referencing a snap
- Idea sparkers to get your thoughts out of your head and onto the page
Plus, you'll learn about common - and not so common - psychological, physical, and relationship disorders; delve into the minds of criminals; find out what it takes to be a professional athlete, scientist, and truck driver; discover what life is like for a gang member, suicidal teen, and alcoholic; and more.
In Writer's Guide to Character Traits, 2nd edition, note psychologist and author Dr. Linda Edelstein takes you beyond generic personality types and into the depths of the human psyche where you're sure to find the resources you need to make your characters stand out from the crowd.