Posts tagged ‘finding character arc’

August 5, 2011

Finding Your Main Character’s Arc

James Hull has written a great article on about how to figure out your main character’s arc. In most cases, if your main character doesn’t have an arc, you don’t have a compelling story. Needless to say, this article is an important one to read:

Many a story begins with a great character. That flash of inspiration that says I have to write a story about this person. Yet, so many stories stall out just short of that all-important finish line. Why is that?

The answer can often be traced to misplaced focus. So much attention is placed on fleshing out the character and providing them with greater and greater sources of escalating conflict, that the basic logic of their actual arc breaks down. In fact, sometimes it’s not even there at all.

There is a simple dynamic that exists within all Main Characters, defined by the chasm between a problem and a solution.

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