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The questions at the end of the chapters are invaluable. A book that I started writing years ago, but set aside because I didn't have the skills to finish it is NOW finally taking shape with the help of this guide. Reading the chapters and then working through the questions has produced an outline that is keeping me on track as I write each scene. Experiencing my main character's character arc step by step is an amazing experience and this book is responsible for it. Like I said, it's "The Missing Link." All writers should have this book in their library to pull out each time they begins a new story. And if you use this book in conjunction with Wieland's other craft books, woswer, you have a complete writing program that gets you from beginner to writer in no time.
What is a character’s arc? How is it developed? Where does it fit along the plot line?
K.M. Weiland’s Creating Character Arcs answers these questions. Building on expertise from previous authors and her acute knowledge of story structure, she lays out a step by step approach to develop the protagonist’s journey away from the Lie chaining him to their flaw to the bolt cutting Truth that sets them free.
She identifies three types of character arcs: positive, flat, and negative. In each section, she discusses the arc development, where it should be found in the plot, and provides numerous examples from well-known works. More importantly, these same works appear throughout the detailed discussions so the reader sees the arc in progress. Beneficial to be sure, but Weiland puts concepts into practice with her accompanying questions. The author now has tools that can define or refine their character’s internal change. The results are toned muscles that a regular character biography fails to deliver.
Whether you’re a plotter or a panster, this book is a must for your library. It is one that should be read, re-read, and re-read again. It doesn’t belong on the shelf, but at arm’s reach as you write and revise.
P.S. Buy all of her writing books. They are like suspenders for your pants! I am building my book right now using a lot of different tools, But K.M.'s are always right there at the center of the table. Everything gravitates back to her central concepts on structure and outline. I would have spent the last year holding onto my pants and cranking out a rambling missive with a few good ideas. but little conflict and readability. Now I am still outlining, and cannot wait to pour all those words onto paper with the knowledge that my first draft will have the borders of a book around it. Structure, characters, conflict, theme, plot points, you know....the foundation of a damn good novel. Then the real writing (editing) can finally begin.
If you're writing any OTHER type of arc, welp. You're on your own. After devoting WHOLE CHAPTERS to each aspect for the Positive Change Arc, each ACT only gets one chapter for the Flat Change Arc, and the Negative Change Arcs get ONE THIRD of a chapter each, because the Disillusionment, Fall, and Corruption Arcs are all covered in one fell swoop. I flipped back to the Positive Character Arc chapters to try to figure it out myself, but ... it didn't help. Even the DEFINITIONS given there are so geared toward the Positive Character Arc that it's difficult at best to determine how they're supposed to function in any other arc. Since my current WIP has more than just a Positive Character Arc going on for the protagonist, I was pretty disappointed, overall. Guess I'll just have to wander in the wilderness with the minor character arcs and hope for the best.