I’ve always thought myself more of a pantser than a plotter when it comes to writing, but more and more I’ve leaned to the safety of outline and structure. I do love when I write and something surprising comes out of it. But what I love about this post is how the character arc points that Sara created follows so closely to one used for plotting and story structure. If you do one, you’re almost guaranteed an easier time with the other. I can’t wait for the next installment!
Welcome to the Character Evolution Files! This monthly column focuses on character arcs, from the elements that create or enhance a character’s inner journey, to techniques that writers can employ to strengthen character arcs in their own work. Today we kick things off with File 01, which explores two important questions: “What is character evolution?” and “Why is it important?”
So many elements comprise the art of novel-writing: plot, voice, setting, characters… The list goes on, and it’s impossible to say that one element is more crucial than the other. However, when I think back on some of my favorite stories of all time, many share one common element: a clear character arc. Perhaps the protagonist grows as a result of his journey, or he learns something because of his endeavors. Either way, he’s not the same person at the end of the novel that he was in Chapter 1. This kind of evolution can create a truly memorable story that sticks…
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