Tag: The Negative Trait Thesaurus

Going Over the Rainbow: Crush Those Stereotypes

There is a lot of great advice out there when it comes to creating our characters. From Nancy Kress’ Dynamic Characters to The Positive and Negative Trait Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi there are many excellent resources for writers looking to create truly unique and realistic characters.  Even as comprehensive as these helps are, there is one area many writers neglect. A character’s … Read More Going Over the Rainbow: Crush Those Stereotypes

Non-Traditional Hero Part 3: Character Flaws and One Stop for Writers

Eeesh, it’s been awhile since I’ve been able to write a post. Sorry about that. Having a chronic illness and being a single parent can really flatten you sometimes.  So, on with the post! Last time we talked about developing a non-traditional hero.  We discussed how archetypes are useful as a basis for creating a character and how to add traits and goals to … Read More Non-Traditional Hero Part 3: Character Flaws and One Stop for Writers

Complex Plotting: It’s Complicated

I recently stumbled across a post on Tumblr claiming that it is possible to write up a complex plot in a single day. So can you? Short answer. No. A truly complex and layered plot is not something you can whip up in a day of brainstorming. What you can come up with is a premise and basic plot arc. Notice I said basic. … Read More Complex Plotting: It’s Complicated

Let’s Get Complicated Part Two: The Positives of Being a Villain

So last time we talked about creating multi-dimensional characters and focused on the protagonist of my novel Sorrow’s Fall.  This week I’d like to help you look for ways to make your antagonist just as compelling and multi-faceted.  After reading my post about Sorrow you are probably wondering what kind of person could possibly be an impediment to him and his goals.  That’s a … Read More Let’s Get Complicated Part Two: The Positives of Being a Villain