The Writer's Digest Sourcebook for Building Believable Characters

The Writer's Digest Sourcebook for Building Believable Characters

Using this reference, readers can create characters who think, hope, love, cry, cause or feel pain, save the day - and seize readers by emotion. Mark McCutcheon eases the process of building convincing characters for stories and novels. He starts by conducting an inspiring and informative roundtable where six novelists reveal their approaches to characterization. Next, he Using this reference, readers can create characters who think, hope, love, cry, cause or feel pain, save the day - and sei...

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Title:The Writer's Digest Sourcebook for Building Believable Characters
Author:Marc Mucutcheon
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ISBN:The Writer's Digest Sourcebook for Building Believable Characters
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:282 pages pages

The Writer's Digest Sourcebook for Building Believable Characters Reviews

  • Eric
    Jul 05, 2010
    The first section of this book is a fairly mundane, round-table conversation between six authors (none of whom I am familiar with), where they give rehashed advice such as "show, don't tell" and "use 'said' instead of dozens of different dialogue modifiers." After that is the most u...
  • Kara
    Oct 03, 2010
    This was a very fun book, but is more designed to help those writing modern-day novels, not fantasy. Still, I enjoyed it a lot and may pick up a copy eventually. ...
  • GW Pickle
    May 16, 2008
    This is by far one of the most helpful books I've found. G W Pickle ...
  • Charity
    Sep 21, 2008
    This was fun. It is a theasaurus of sorts. The first part is a question and answer section with six different authors and gives a good idea of the different ways to approach writing and developing your characters. The second part contains a character dossier and a long thesaurus of des...
  • CaliGirlRae
    Aug 23, 2008
    Characters are the driving force in storytelling. For those writers who like to build their characters' backgrounds, appearance and history this is a great resource. The book also includes a bit of a thesaurus for character descriptions of everything from eye, skin, hair and even meani...
  • Yvensong
    Dec 09, 2011
    Excellent resource book for writers ...
  • N.
    Mar 23, 2013
    A great reference book for when you're searching for descriptive features, attires, names, etc. ...
  • Robin Wright
    Sep 09, 2009
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  • K
    Feb 05, 2010
    Helped me countless times in my early writing days. One of the better writer's guides out there. ...
  • Kerry
    May 01, 2012
    fantastic help for writers working on core of characters. ...
  • Carolee Noury
    May 26, 2014
    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, this book gives all kinds of great info from a handful of vocab in other languag...
  • Anne Harmon
    Jul 17, 2012
    This is basically a thesaurus for writers, giving synonyms for character traits, eye colours, body descriptions, hairstyles, and so forth. I found it helpful, but the large amount of profanity turned me off. Overall, not bad for a book I randomly picked off the library shelf. ...
  • Tamera
    Jun 07, 2012
    What an incredible resource of character description, actions and traits. Though this one is out of print I located a copy through the advanced book exchange. ...
  • Ryan Neely
    Sep 06, 2015
    A quick read. Almost half the book is lists of character traits. Some pretty great insights into building characters. ...
  • InfinitexLibrary
    Apr 16, 2013
    VERY USEFUL FOR WRITERS. ...
  • Rodney Richards
    Nov 20, 2015
    Another compendium of simple lists. At least topical, and as stated in the intro, slightly better than a Thesaurus looking up synonyms. Again, not really a "book,' but lists of traits of characters, so it does fulfill its title, but as in all things writing, the writer must work at it....
  • J.D.
    Jan 28, 2013
    I have notes and marks and stickies all over this book, the sign of one that contains very useful information. There are lots of categories and lists, which I find incredibly helpful. ...
  • Pauline Youd
    Mar 27, 2013
    This should be a valuable book in the future. It is primarily a lexicon to show you words you might not think of. For instance you'll find lists of words describing 23 different mustaches, 31 noses, 41 beards, 68 shoes and boots, 102 facial types, 360 facial expressions, 5,000 foreign ...
  • Audri Nichols
    May 02, 2014
    This is one of my favorite quick reference writing guides. Out of ALL of the writing books out there, this is one of five that I reference the most often. Almost daily. You HAVE to add this one to your resources library. ...
  • Yvette
    Nov 22, 2017
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  • Wendy Mills
    Apr 10, 2015
    This is a very informative book for writers. It not only gives you tips on how to write character descriptions, but also gives you an extensive character questionnaire, along with Foreign languages(Russian, Spanish, Italian, French, etc) to English phrase translations, and various body...
  • G.C. Neff
    Jun 09, 2015
    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 in that respect one could say that the descriptions are cliché. However, I enjoy ...
  • Dahlia Dohlenburg
    May 04, 2019
    Die Einleitung ist etwas oberflächlich und liefert kaum neue Erkenntnisse (jemand, der mit dem Schreiben gerade erst angefangen hat, würde da wahrscheinlich mehr nutzen draus ziehen) Wie nützlich der Thesaurus-Teil ist, der den Großteil des Buches ausmacht, muss sich in der Praxis...
  • Gabriella Slade
    Oct 21, 2015
    Such a good source! I am learning SO much more through this book about my characters such as How they laugh, their speaking style, their fears, jobs, collage degrees. I'd give it 5 stars, but I didn't like the minor cussing in the beginning. :) ...
  • A.L.
    May 06, 2016
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  • Christian Charles Barlow
    Dec 26, 2015
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  • Jeff Bailey
    Nov 19, 2017
    I just pulled one of my favorite writer?s resource books off my shelf. I?m working on a new novel and need a little inspiration for a character. I turned to Building Believable Characters by Marc McCutchen. Great characters are the corner stone of any story, the better the characte...
  • Abigail
    Jul 29, 2017
    More of a reference book than I thought. Very helpful though! In order to have more time to properly peruse it, I will most likely buy it. Knocked one star off as my copy was published in 1996. Outdated, yet still useful. I hope I can find a book like this that's more current. ...
  • Jan Griffis
    Apr 03, 2016
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  • Josiah DeBoer
    Mar 01, 2017
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