About the BookPowerful Character Arcs Create Powerful StoriesHave you written a story with an exciting concept and interesting charactersbut it just isnt grabbing the attention of readers or agents Its time to look deeper into the story beats that create realistic and compelling character arcs Internationally published, award winning novelist K.M Weiland shares her acclaimed method for achieving memorable and moving character arcs in every book you write.By applying the foundation of the Three Act Story Structure and then delving even deeper into the psychology of realistic and dynamic human change, Weiland offers a beat by beat checklist of character arc guidelines that flexes to fit any type of story.This comprehensive book will teach you How to determine which arcpositive, negative, or flatis right for your character.Why you should NEVER pit plot against character Instead, learn how to blend story structure and character development.How to recognize and avoid the worst pitfalls of writing novels without character arcs.How to hack the secret to using overarching character arcs to create amazing trilogies and series.And much Gaining an understanding of how to write character arcs is a game changing moment in any authors pursuit of the craft.Bring your characters to unforgettable and realistic lifeand take your stories from good to great...
|Title||:||Creating Character Arcs: The Masterful Author's Guide to Uniting Story Structure, Plot, and Character Development (Helping Writers Become Authors Book 7) (English Edition)|
|Publisher||:||PenForASword Publishing 1 November 2016|
|Number of Pages||:||394 Pages|
|File Size||:||985 KB|
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Creating Character Arcs: The Masterful Author's Guide to Uniting Story Structure, Plot, and Character Development (Helping Writers Become Authors Book 7) (English Edition) Reviews
Wer Drehbücher schreiben will, bekommt hier eine tiefe Einsicht über Ablauf, Charakterentwicklung und Spannungsbogen mitgeteilt. Sehr empfehlenswert, nicht nur für Inseider!
My problem with a lot of craft books is that they are either boring or full of advice that feels like Mt. Everest to scale. This is why I love all of Weiland's craft books. They are like sitting down and talking shop with someone you like and respect. I just hope she does a workbook for this one!
I have several books on character development, outlining and other aspects of writing in my writer's library. However, none of the references I have cover the material in this book. This book forges a link between character and plot development that I think many aspiring writers miss. This book is not character arcs in the abstract. This book ties character development aspects to particular points in the plot arc. For me this is a critical piece because it gives practical advice as to where and when certain things in the character arc should occur. Most of the book is spent on the positive character arc, but sufficient treatment is also give to a flat character arc and negative character arc. Numerous examples are given from familiar books and movies to show the various points of character development. So not only are the tips and advice practical, they come with practical examples so you can see exactly how different stories treat them. The book is worth the price of admission and I highly recommend it.
If you're writing a Positive Change Arc, which 90% of people will be, then this is the book for you. It's very thorough, the examples wonderfully illustrate the points made, and it will help you to know exactly what to do, and when to do it, in your story. Sometimes it's even TOO thorough. After using it a couple of times, I started to delete a few questions from my template that were only re-worded versions of the previous questions.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.
Buy the Character Arcs book. K.M. is the Wizard of Story Plotting and building characters, one question at a time. Don't believe me? Go spend a week perusing her website. You could write a good novel just following her blog posts. The woman is a natural writer, teacher and coach. She has that 'it' factor. 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.
I read Truby's The Anatomy of Story, and while it was outstanding, I wanted more. This book has some overlap, but focuses less on overall plot and more on individual character arcs. I found the section on flat character arcs most useful, as Truby mainly covers positive and negative arcs in context of the larger plot, and flat arcs tend to work well if you're writing for games. This book is also useful in that Weiland covers different example stories than Truby.That said, I have a nitpick: On page 238, I think Weiland missed the mark in her analysis of Guardians of the Galaxy. She claims that for Quill (Star Lord) his Lie and Truth are:Lie: "The only way to survive is to look out for Number One"Truth: "The only way to be a complete and fulfilled person is to care what happens to others"That may be true, but it doesn't interact with the antagonist at all, nor the underlying question the main characters are trying to answer. A more appropriate set would be:Lie: "The answer to loss of family is to pursue a hedonistic, selfish life"Truth: "The answer to loss of family is to form a new family and move on"With that set, it interacts with all the other main characters in the story:Ronan (antagonist): "The answer to loss of family is to seek vengeance on a planetary scale"Yondu: Already knows the Truth, but hides it due to his position as the boss of the RavagersGamora and Nebula: "The answer to loss of family is to seek vengeance, subversively"Drax: "The answer to loss of family is to seek direct vengeance"Rocket Raccoon: "The answer to loss of family is to lash out at those around you"After they lose the Stone at Knowhere, Quill grasps the Truth, and begins to convince the other Guardians of it. Nebula remains as a reminder of what Gamora would have been if not for Quill.It further interacts with the climax of the story:Ronan sets out to destroy others (Xandar) for his family.The Nova Corps. unites to protect others and for their duty to each other, but they fail.The Ravagers unite for themselves and their shared interests, but they fail. Yondu was really doing it for Quill (his family), and survives.The Guardians unite to protect others and for their new familial bond to each other.That bond allows them to share the burden of the Infinity Stone and prevail, even though in the moment it seemed suicidal. None of them would have done that at the start of the movie, and it's based in their new answer to the story's underlying question, in direct opposition to the antagonist's answer.It's why Gamora offers her hand, and when Quill looks her way, he sees his mother and takes it. It's why Drax and Rocket join in. It's why Ronan can't understand how it's possible for them to hold the power: It's not just what they're doing but *why* they're doing it. And that's why that scene is so powerful. In that moment, the Truth triumphs once and for all. When you hear "We're the Guardians of the Galaxy", you believe it in your Soul.So yeah, other than that, I highly recommend this book. 9.5/10