A Negative Trait Thesaurus Excerpt

I’ve been busy writing up some fun and informative posts on character traits which will be popping up around the blogosphere over the next few weeks, so here are a few places you’ll find me:

The first is at C.S. Lakin’s Live Write Thrive. Susanne edited our character trait books in part, and her blog is filled with all kinds of wonderfulness for writers. One of the coolest things there is this incredible Hyphenation Guideline Chart that tells you when words should be hyphenated. As I’m sure you all agree, hyphens are the devil’s playthings, and this resource saved my tuckus when we were revising our trait thesaurus books. Today, I’m sharing an excerpt from The Negative Trait Thesaurus that breaks down the character arc and what it entails. Check it out, if you feel so inclined, and while you’re there, poke around Susanne’s site and see what other nuggets you can find.

Also, Rebecca Rand, a student at Oberlin College, contacted us about her school project. She’s studying the effects of writing technology on writing results. She’s created a quick survey and would like to get some feedback from writers. If you’ve got two minutes to help out a future best-seller, click on over.

Finally, Angela is at Jane Friedman’s blog, sharing a 7-Step Business Plan for Writers, because in this new world of publishing, it is more important than ever for writers to engage in career planning. Gone are the days of “just being a writer,” and so focusing on necessary areas of development is crucial to helping us manage our time and achieve our goals.


Becca Puglisi is an international speaker, writing coach, and bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus and its sequels. Her books are available in five languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. She is passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with others through her Writers Helping Writers blog and via One Stop For Writers—a powerhouse online library created to help writers elevate their storytelling. You can find Becca online at both of these spots, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
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13 Responses to A Negative Trait Thesaurus Excerpt

  1. I’ve only got 1 present right now. Lol. More in the days ahead!!

  2. You can tell it’s a good post when I click every single link! 😉

  3. Rosi says:

    Love the hyphenation guide. Thanks. We often spend too much time during our crit groups sessions talking about things like this. I will definitely be using this. I really liked the post on character arc, too. Thanks for that as well.

  4. With so much of your own shopping left to do, how kind of you to open your gift bag to readers of your blog! I hope Santa pulls my name from the list!

  5. My goodness!! Just a quick scan through the hyphenation chart and I am assured that this is going to be a life-saver (hyphen here?? :-0). Thanks for sharing. Guess the Negative Traits Thesaurus will me my Christmas gift from me to me. Looking forward to your Big Red Christmas Bag. I wish you a joyous Christmas.

  6. Angela Brown says:

    I want to see what’s inside the big bag!!
    And I did that survey as well. :-0

  7. Sheri Larsen says:

    Can’t wait to read the link~ Hopping over now …

    You have a BIG RED CHRISTMAS BAG??? Hmm … wonder what’s inside?

  8. Bish Denham says:

    Oh man! I love that hyphen chart! Thanks for sharing!

    • I know! When we were revising, I kept sending Susanne messages. “Is problem-solving hyphenated?” “What about decision-making?” “Well-read?” “Day-to-day?”

      Finally, she was like, “Here. TAKE THIS.”

      Thank goodness, lol. It’s a lifesaver.

  9. Man but I’ve been out of the blogging world during my hiatus. You released TWO books? Well, I have my copies now. I need them!

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