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,' and 'Innocent for the Moment.' Both of these books are part of a trilogy called the Jill Adair Series. The third book will be available in late summer of 2020. I'm currently coordinating a Collection of works created by Artists during the Pandemic. The title of the book is '2020 Artists on LockDown Collection,' and it will be available for sale on Amazon.com in early September 2020. I'm also coordinating an Anthology of Short Stories called, '2020 Indie Authors Short Story Anthology.' This book will be available on Amazon.com on Black Friday, 2020 - just in time for holiday giving. I am married to my wonderful hubby of over 36 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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