The Positive Trait Thesaurus

Authors: , , Ackerman, Angela & Puglisi, Becca

Publication Date:

October 2013



Original language and publisher

English | JADD Publishing

Territories Handled

World excl. English


Creative Writing, Practical Guide

The Positive Trait Thesaurus

Authors: , , Ackerman, Angela & Puglisi, Becca

  • 2 Seas Represents: World Translation rights.
  • Rights Sold: Japan (Film Art Sha), Korea (Erum Book), China (Ginkgo Beijing Book, 5-book deal), Turkey (Hep Kitap).
  • Over 54,000 copies sold. Over 365,000 copies sold in the series


‘In these brilliantly conceived, superbly organized and astonishingly thorough volumes, Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi have created an invaluable resource for writers and storytellers. Whether you are searching for new and unique ways to add and define characters, or brainstorming methods for revealing those characters without resorting to clichés, it is hard to imagine two more powerful tools for adding depth and dimension to your screenplays, novels or plays.’ — Michael Hauge, Hollywood script consultant and story expert, author of Writing Screenplays That Sell and Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds: The Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay or Novel Read

It’s a writer’s job to create compelling characters who can withstand life’s fallout without giving up. But building authentic, memorable heroes is no easy task. To forge realistic characters, we must hobble them with flaws that set them back while giving them positive attributes to help them achieve their goals. So how do writers choose the right blend of strengths for their characters – attributes that will render them admirable and worth rooting for – without making it too easy for them to succeed? Character creation can be hard, but it’s about to get a lot easier.

Inside The Positive Trait Thesaurus, you’ll find:

  • A large selection of attributes to choose from when building a personality profile. Each entry lists possible causes for why a trait might emerge, along with associated attitudes, behaviors, thoughts and emotions
  • Real character examples from literature, film, or television to show how an attribute drives actions and decisions, influences goals, and steers relationships
  • Advice on using positive traits to immediately hook readers while avoiding common personality pitfalls
  • Insight on human needs and morality, and how each determines the strengths that emerge in heroes and villains alike
  • Information on the key role positive attributes play within the character arc, and how they’re vital to overcoming fatal flaws and achieving success
  • Downloadable tools for organizing a character’s attributes and providing a deeper understanding of his past, his needs, and the emotional wounds he must overcome

If you find character creation difficult or worry that your cast members all seem the same, The Positive Trait Thesaurus is brimming with ideas to help you develop one-of-a-kind, dynamic characters that readers will love. Extensively indexed, with entries written in a user-friendly list format, this brainstorming resource is perfect for any character creation project.


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Japan (Film Art Sha), Korea (Erum)