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Characteristics vs. Traits

David Gane
David Gane

While working on a new novel, I came across the two terms characteristic and trait, which felt similar.

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A Character refers to the distinctive qualities that make up an individual. A trait, on the other hand, is a feature of an individual who is inherent...While a character needs to be built by a person, a trait comes genealogically.

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Co-writer of the Shepherd and Wolfe young adult mysteries, the internationally award-winning series, and teacher of storytelling and screenwriting.