Finding the Positive Tone

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As someone whose job is to write things, it may seem odd that I’m offering this list. However, I’m not the type of person who looks for the negative in everything. It always seems to find me, though.

When you first start out, you have to carefully consider your goals with the story. What are you trying to say? Should you be aiming for a happy ending, or does your character simply exist to have a good time and there’s no moral to the story? You have to be practical and realistic as the author in charge of their world.

You have to know that there will be ups and downs and to keep readers on your side, your character should suffer setbacks and disappointments. But, if you have a generous heart, enjoy frolicking in their world, and don’t have a completely unrealistic ending, then why are you telling this story right now?

Being upbeat always brings out a specific type of voice in us as writers. But what if you wanted a fresh way to look at the word itself? That’s what this list is all about.

  • Amiable
  • Amused
  • Appreciative
  • Authoritative
  • Benevolent
  • Brave
  • Calm
  • Cheerful
  • Cheery
  • Compassionate
  • Complimentary
  • Confident
  • Consoling
  • Dreamy
  • Ecstatic
  • Elated
  • Elevated
  • Encouraging
  • Energetic
  • Enthusiastic
  • Excited
  • Exuberant
  • Fanciful
  • Friendly
  • Happy
  • Hopeful
  • Impassioned
  • Jovial
  • Joyful
  • Jubilant
  • Lighthearted
  • Loving
  • Optimistic
  • Passionate
  • Playful
  • Pleasant
  • Proud
  • Relaxed
  • Reverent
  • Romantic
  • Soothing
  • Surprised
  • Sweet
  • Sympathetic
  • Vibrant
  • Whimsical

Sometimes, vivacious isn’t the way to look at a character’s motivations. It would be best if you always pushed yourself to see it from their point of view, which might not necessarily be yours.

I suppose you could make an argument that you have to be positive to write a positive character. I’m sure that’s a common practice among some writers. However, I feel that could have a detrimental effect on the quality of content they produce and is counterproductive in terms of getting the words on the page.

I’m not of the school that you need to be in love to write about love.

What do you think?

Guilliean Pacheco (she/her) is a writer and editor of color, but you may also know her as the host of the Raconteuse Radio podcast. Her work has appeared in Nevada Humanities and Helen. She has an M.F.A. in Writing from the University of San Francisco. She’s a misplaced California girl who lives in Las Vegas normally if one could call living there normal. Follow her on Twitter.

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