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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.
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.
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.
As with all of K. M. Weiland’s writing guides, you won’t get the full benefit unless you engage with the book by answering each question in full. I started reading and working through this book when I was well into my own story. As I worked through the chapters and answered the questions one-by-one, I found affirmation that I was doing some things right. Working through each chapter’s questions prompts revelatory, “a-ha” moments, causing me to feel inspired. I am seeing the holes in my story as well, and am working to overcome them.
I firmly recommend this book to writers who are looking for help along the way to developing their own story’s character arcs.