Elements of the Short Story – the Importance of Character Arcs

*Image from creativetips4writers.wordpress.com
**this blog is based on information I gleaned from ‘Creating Character Arcs’ by K.M. Weiland – one of my favorite resources.

What Is A Character Arc?

When you boil it all down to one single definition, a Character Arc is the structure of your character as they move through your storyline.

Your protagonist will start out ONE WAY.

They will learn some lessons throughout the storyline.

The protagonist ends in a better place – or it could be worse.

But before you start patting yourself on the back, you need to understand a few more things.

There is a strong link between Character Arcs and Story Structure. (This is when you ask yourself – is my story character driven? The answer is YES most of the time.)

According to K.M. Weiland, there is a connection between story structure, plot, and character development. Over the next few weeks, we will look at this connection to help ALL of us understand this connection and utilize it for better stories and novels.

Next week, we will start the discussion on the basic character arcs and go from there.

Until next time,

~Mustang Patty~

Published by Mustang Patty

I am finally a full-time author, who writes legal thrillers, how-to- books, short stories, flash fiction, a tiny bit of poetry, and Blog posts. My published works include 'Guilty until Proven Innocent,' 'Innocent for the Moment,' and 'Moment by Moment.' This is a trilogy called the Jill Adair Series. Additionally, I've written a collection of short stories about my dogs, Howie and Bernie - with a 2nd Collection coming in late 2021. I'm also coordinating an Anthology of Short Stories called, '2021 Indie Authors Short Story Anthology.' This book will be available on Amazon.com on August 1st of 2021. (The 2020 Indie Authors Short Story Anthology is currently available on Amazon.com - the collection includes 30 stories, written by 18 different Authors from three continents.) I am married to my wonderful hubby of over 37 years, and I have two grown children, named Heather and Gregory. I've been blessed with two beautiful grandbabies, Heather Rose and Logan Ernest.

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