The Writer's digest sourcebook for building believable characters

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Writer's Digest Books, Mar 31, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 282 pages
11 Reviews
New in Paper! Writers will "attend" a roundtable where 6 novelists reveal their approaches to characterization. A fill-in-the-blanks questionnaire probes characters' backgrounds, beliefs and desires. And a "thesaurus" of physical and psychological characteristics helps writers convey: complexion, eye shape, hair, facial features, body type and voice; personality, vices, psychology, ailments, hobbies and occupation; expressions of anger, anxiety, surprise, pain, guilt, arrogance, happiness, sadness, love and lust; style and fashion preferences; ethnic background, accent and vocabulary and much more!

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Review: The Writer's Digest Sourcebook for Building Believable Characters

User Review  - GC Neff - Goodreads

I read somewhere that this book gives only cliché descriptions. Okay. Question: how many ways can you move your head? Sorry, but there just aren't that many motions you can make with it. So I suppose ... Read full review

Review: The Writer's Digest Sourcebook for Building Believable Characters

User Review  - Carolee Noury - Goodreads

I borrowed this book from my library to see if it would be a good reference to add to my writing library. Verdict: Buy. It was published in 1996, so there are probably more current tools. However ... Read full review

Contents

Face and Body
50
Hair
63
Body Types
78
Bad HabitsVices
110
Hobbies and Sports
136
Facial Expressions Body and Vocal Language
157
Suspicion
170
Smiles and Grins
180
Skirts
195
Caps and Hats
211
French Vocabulary
224
German Vocabulary
241
Given Names and Surnames From Around the World
254
Spanish
267
Character Homes
280
Copyright

About the author (2001)

Marc McCutcheon is a freelance writer & author of several books, including "The Facts on File Student's Thesaurus." He lives in South Portland, ME.

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