Hello my lovelies!
Today I want to help you guys create your own writer’s tool box. Writing is just like any other craft out there, you need the right tools for the job and what can help you tremendously is a good thesaurus…or three. And that’s what I’m going to talk about today. I came across these thesauruses (thesauri) when I was looking for some reference books to help me further develop my writing. I fell in love with them. So I’m going to tell you why each one is awesome (In my opinion) and why you should have them.
The Positive Trait and The Negative Trait Thesaurus
These two go hand in hand in hand with each other. For well developed characters they need a healthy mixture of good and bad traits. No one is solely one or the other….usually. So each thesaurus starts off with a couple of interesting articles about how to use the traits and how to develop your characters using these traits. I highly recommend that you read these. As for the traits, they are listed a lot like chapters. All you have to do is find the trait you like and turn to the page.
On the page associated with each positive trait you’ll see:
- the definition of the trait
- other attributes that are similar
- why a person may have the trait
- how would they behave if they have the trait
- emotions associated with the trait
- How they might think
- examples from literature
- traits that might conflict with
- negative things that come from having this trait
- challenging scenarios for the character with this trait
That’s a lot of info for just a single trait. But don’t panic, each trait only has two pages of info. You don’t have to incorporate everything but it does help give you a better idea of how to use that trait for your character. This format is the same for both sets of traits with the only difference being that the negative trait thesaurus shows how a character might overcome that particular flaw.
The Emotion Thesaurus
This one is my favorite because it gives you:
- Physical signals for the emotions
- Internal sensations
- Mental response
- Cues for long term and suppressed attributes
- And a bonus…writing tips to help use emotions more effectivly
Like I said before, I highly recommend that you checkout these thesauruses (thesauri). They have helped me tremendously and I refer to them all the time.