Book Review: A Writer’s Guide to Character Traits

“What are the elements of believable characters?”

A Writer’s Guide to Character Traits, Linda N. Edelstein, PH.D.

Hello, my friends!

Ready for Christmas break? Or at least ready for finals to be over and out of the way? I know I am! Let’s start with this beautiful book and amazing writing tool everyone should have!

A Writer’s Guide to Character Traits was written by Linda N. Edelstein, PH.D. This review is for the second edition.

This book is very different from any other writing book I’ve read. It doesn’t talk about story arcs, grammar, or genres. In fact, this book has nothing to do with writing styles, but about the people in your stories. In this book, you will find answers to all of your questions about character traits, behaviors, and what influences people to do certain things. Linda Edelstein covers everything from why kids have imaginary friends to what makes someone commit a crime. This book is designed to be a quick reference when you need some inspiration or clarification for your characters and their oh-so-troubled lives.

The book is broken down into sections based on personality types, relationships, disorders, criminal types, family dynamics, and so much more.

I have never read this book cover to cover, but I’ve used it on a number of occasions. Have you read The Bayshire yet? I used this book to check the accuracy of my character’s behaviors based on their personalities and experiences. When working out the family dynamics in the mermaid trilogy I’m working on, I’ve used this book as a clutch.

One of my favorite things about this book is that it isn’t just facts and tips you can use for research, but it’s fascinating! I start looking something up in it for a story and end up just reading random sections that intrigue me.

If you’ve been reading along each month with my posts, you know I LOVE to talk about research and interesting facts I find for my books. A Writer’s Guide to Character Traits is a lifesaver! It’s a must if you love getting into the psychology of why people behave the way they do, and how you can actually apply that information to your characters. (Christmas is right around the corner…)

If you want to check out the book more, or get it for a friend, use this link here.

Happy writing, my friends, and have a wonderful winter break!

-R.E. Klinzing

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