Creating Fictional Character Traits

s’ Digest Guide to Character Traits by Linda Edelstein

Opening Writers’ Digest Guide to Character Traits by Linda Edelstein at the table of content immediately hooked my interest, with chapter 1 telling me I would learn about creating real people for my novels. Other chapters tease me hints of how to turn my characters into people with all manner of flaws.

This alone excites any novelist, author and aspiring writers when they are piecing together the puzzle of their new book. What makes a man have an affair? Or why a woman stalks her former love. And what motivates a person’s behaviour.

Linda dives straight into a writer’s psyche, telling us that the huge amount of psychological research and vast vats of data can help writers to create authentic characters. Her own experience working with people gives her the insight into the interior lives of real people and what makes them happy, sad, what motivates them and brings them to a screeching halt.

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