350 Character Traits - A Fabulous Resource for Writers

350 Character Traits – A Fabulous Resource for Writers


I have compiled these lists to help you select the character traits you need for your novel. Traits are formed by a person’s behaviour and attitude to others. We all have good and bad character traits and we should remember this when we describe people.

Even if you adore your protagonist and loathe your antagonist, it is important to remember that nobody is perfectly good, or perfectly evil.

Every character will have positive and negative personality traits. Make sure you have created real people rather than caricatures by giving your cast a selection of both.

Have fun, and happy writing.

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© Amanda Patterson

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This article has 7 comments

  1. sheils evans

    Tapping into this information is a lifeline when stuck in a mire. Thank you.

  2. Ken

    The information above is very useful, wish I had it when I wrote my first book

  3. Writers Write

    Thank you. We’re glad you liked it.

  4. Michael Graupner

    Thank you very much Amanda.

  5. Amanda Patterson

    Thank you.

  6. Jazz Riley

    To write is to give breath to words….to love is to give words of life to others.

  7. Joyce Moore

    This will help me as I write and find my voice. Thank you.

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