Creating Character Arcs: The Masterful Author's Guide to Uniting Story Structure, Plot, and Character Development
Powerful Character Arcs Create Powerful Stories
Have you written a story with an exciting concept and interesting characters—but it just isn’t grabbing the attention of readers or agents? It’s time to look deeper into the story beats that create realistic and compelling character arcs. Internationally published, award-winning novelist K.M. Weiland shares...more
Highly recommend this book to any writing that wants to improve. And isn't there always room for improvement?
Most helpful was the section on Positive Chang ...more
The next two sections of the book were excellent. The flat change arc was very well described and it wasn’t too drawn out. The negative change arc section was also very educational and beca ...more
First off, I appreciate how CLEAN this book is as far as content. Many writers dive into vulgar or morally corrupt examples. While Weiland used some examples from movies or books I'd personally not watch/read, she was tactful in the information that she shared (like, "FINALLY, a writing book I can hand to my younger sisters!")
Now, for content. I haven't read many b ...more
Each chapter follows pretty much the same structure and layout which makes returning later to check your own work rather easy. I feel every writer should read this at some point as it's not just for beginning writers. We could all benef ...more
I'm in the minority of people who find Weiland vague, confusing, repetitive, and not overly inspiring. Having said that, I rated her previous two writing aid books a 3 (3.5ish). I was willing to forgive a lot due to her inclusion of various helpful resources, not in the least books she referred to when making points. Articles from both Weiland and others in previous books illustrated points without seeming like crutches. In Creating Character Arcs, however, Weiland's reliance on the words of ...more
I got a lot of useful information from this book and will try incorporating the interplay between lies and truths that characters believe in my own attempts at fiction. Great narration in the audio ...more
But lest this book seems strictly writer-related, it's far from it! If you love to read, and want to learn more about the science behind how characters are created, then pick up K.M. Weiland's newest release (today!) Creating Character Arcs. ...more
I’ve followed Weiland's blog and read her books for several years now, so I had high expectations for this book.
Weiland not only matched my expectations, but even surpassed them.
There were certain things I was expecting Weiland to do a great job at: carefully explaining how to develop a thematic arc as a war between a lie and a truth; comprehensively showing how the truth can overcome the lie in the course of a ...more
Written By: K.M. Weiland
Genre: Writing Helps/Non-fiction
Recommended Ages: Any
I had never really thought much about character arcs until recently. So I picked up this book and read it. It was amazing!
Everything in the book is well thought out and easy to understand. K.M. Weiland uses examples from well-known stories. Some I knew and some I didn't, but even with the stories I didn't know, I figured out enough to have them help me make more sen ...more
Though it’s a very informative book to read through, ...more
I was familiar with the Positive Change Arc and knew a couple of things about the Negative Arc, but the information on Flat Arcs was very interesting, as it turns out that my favourite characters usually fall under this category and I didn't even know it.
I am a person who loves organizations and to-do lists, but some of the things mentioned here were a bit rigid even for me. However, the basics of character arcs was very well laid out and the au ...more
It took me quite a while to read it but that was only because I underlined so many passages.
It is a really great guide for building impactful character arcs. And not only that as the character arcs influence the structure and plot as well.
There's even a chapter on the approaches for creating a character arch for a book series and a chapter for how to deal with minor character's arcs.
I have the feeling I'll return to this book many times in the future and ...more
My only quibble is small—I think the author conflated the midpoint and the climax character arc wise. I don't agree that a MC should have their character realization, or Truth as she calls it, in the middle of the book, but this is subjective and as long as someone is consuming many other forms of craft media to grow their skills alongs ...more
Easy to read and filled with examples to bring the points home about character arcs. This book covers everything. I was concerned with how the arc structurally translate into a trilogy or longer series and she was already two steps ahead of me. This is a great resource.
She is the IPPY, NIEA, and Lyra Award-winning and internationally published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs, as well as Jane Eyre: The Writer’s Digest Annotated Classic.
Her fiction include ...more