NEGATIVE TRAIT THESAURUS

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HELPFUL TIP:

Characters with this flaw will be extra sensitive to certain emotions, so think about how events in your story might specifically trigger these feelings to generate compelling tension and conflict. Another idea is to give a supporting character a positive attribute that is an opposite of this flaw, which will get under the skin of both characters and cause friction in their relationship.
DEFINITION:
Wordy; inclined to say more than is needed

SIMILAR FLAWS:
Garrulous, long-winded, loquacious

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Being highly educated
Desiring to prove oneself as an academic
Insecurity
Having a passion for certain topics
Being a natural storyteller
Having a predisposition toward melodrama; doing everything with a dramatic flair
Possessing a love of language and its history
Arrogance or vanity
Desiring to impress others
Not understanding the give-and-take of conversation
Nervousness
Having a naturally talkative nature
Bipolar disorder
Drug use

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Speaking at people rather than conversing with them
Going off on tangents; getting sidetracked
Cornering someone to talk at them
Beating around the bush
Not picking up on body language that indicates frustration or boredom
Pausing to consider the exact word needed to articulate a thought
Clarifying what one has said; being over-specific
Not asking questions or engaging others
Having a poor sense of how much time has passed
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ASSOCIATED THOUGHTS:
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ASSOCIATED EMOTIONS:
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POSITIVE ASPECTS:
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NEGATIVE ASPECTS:
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EXAMPLE FROM FILM:
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OVERCOMING THIS TRAIT AS A MAJOR FLAW:
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TRAITS IN SUPPORTING CHARACTERS THAT MAY CAUSE CONFLICT:
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