Creating Character Arcs: The Masterful Author's Guide to Uniting Story Structure, Plot, and Character Development (Helping Writers Become Authors Book 7)

Creating Character Arcs The Masterful Author s Guide to Uniting Story Structure Plot and Character Development Helping Writers Become Authors Book About the Book 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 agent

  • Title: Creating Character Arcs: The Masterful Author's Guide to Uniting Story Structure, Plot, and Character Development (Helping Writers Become Authors Book 7)
  • Author: K.M. Weiland
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 186
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • About the Book 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 h About the Book Powerful Character Arcs Create Powerful StoriesHave 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 her acclaimed method for achieving memorable and moving character arcs in every book you write.By applying the foundation of the Three Act Story Structure and then delving even deeper into the psychology of realistic and dynamic human change, Weiland offers a beat by beat checklist of character arc guidelines that flexes to fit any type of story.This comprehensive book will teach you How to determine which arc positive, negative, or flat is right for your character Why you should NEVER pit plot against character Instead, learn how to blend story structure and character development How to recognize and avoid the worst pitfalls of writing novels without character arcs How to hack the secret to using overarching character arcs to create amazing trilogies and series And much Gaining an understanding of how to write character arcs is a game changing moment in any author s pursuit of the craft.Bring your characters to unforgettable and realistic life and take your stories from good to great

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    1. MY MIND IS BLOWN. Here I thought I knew aaallll about character arcs and this book came along laughing evilly to inform me of my naivete. I probably wasn't ready for all of this yet? I mean I am STILL AN AMATEUR. But even though it was a little overwhelming I still learned so so so much from this book. The parts about a flat character arc were particularly eye-opening; I knew what a flat character was but I HAD NO CLUE there was such a thing as a flat character arc. I actually think one of my ch [...]

    2. This is a book I will keep close, there is a lot of information and instruction in this book and I will be using it from here on out. This has opened a door into a more complex and better-plotted story in the future. It has allowed me to see what was lacking in my own work and how to repair that deficit before it goes to print. Highly recommend this book to any writing that wants to improve. And isn't there always room for improvement?

    3. Every time I read a book by K.M. Weiland, I have these awesome "OH WOW THAT'S HOW IT WORKS!" moments that just change my writing forever.Review coming!

    4. This book completely revolutionized how I look at plotting a novel! Every writer should read it. Now instead of seeing ‘plot’ as a series of random events I somehow have to tie together (perhaps through that ever-illusive concept of ‘theme?’), I now see it as a logical and specific chain of trials designed to test and strengthen my protagonist. No need to stare at a blank screen wondering what should happen next. Thanks to Weiland’s insights, I know!Most helpful was the section on Posi [...]

    5. After hearing about K.M. Weiland's books and reading portions of her blog for a while, I've finally read one of her books on writing!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 [...]

    6. Everything you need to know about this book really is right there in the title. K.M. Weiland takes you step by step through the process of constructing the three main character arcs (positive change, flat, and negative change) as well as slight variations on each.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 [...]

    7. This book slapped me in the face. As it turns out, I haven't been writing a change arc story, I've been writing a flat arc story. This is both good and bad -- major re-writes loom over my future, but I think they will be positive.

    8. With only a few days to go until Camp Nano I still had some stuff about characters to work out. So I picked up this book and spent the day reading through it, I managed to come up with lots more ideas for my story I am plotting/outlining. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to writer a better story and understand character arcs better. It has helped me, and I think reading that book in front of the fire was a day well spent.

    9. KM Weiland does it again. Full review to come but a highly valuable resource for writers looking to strengthen character arcs!

    10. Every author knows the delight of sinking your teeth into a powerful writing craft book. It gives you a further glimpse into your craft, opportunity to mull over how you do things, compare it to how others do things, and find YOUR happy process along the way.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. [...]

    11. Disclaimer: I have received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.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 [...]

    12. After I read Structure Your Novel by Weiland, I snatched up every instructional writing book this author has published. Creating Character Arcs is one more gem in my resource library of books on craft. This book makes little things like characteristic scene moments and characters who act on false assumptions understandable and easy to balance. Using the clear thought provoking questions at the end of each chapter deepen the entire writing process. Not only am I impressed enough to own a digital [...]

    13. I just like the way K. M. Weiland explains things. 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 [...]

    14. This was an extremely good how-to book.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 [...]

    15. This book does exactly what it says, breaks down how to create a strong story arc while providing numerous examples and details explanations. If you're a writer of any kind and want to know how to structure a story around a compelling character arc, then this book is for you.

    16. I found this book very helpful. It is a detailed but concise analysis of types of character change. I have been studying story structure for several years now but there were many light bulb moments for me while reading this. Character is the skeleton of the story body. My only issue is that it is based on the basic 3 act structure but I think the concepts presented can be applied to more complex structures.

    17. An excellent helper in building great character arcs. Definitely recommend to anyone struggling in that department – and even if you're not struggling, this will help you gain some insight into your character's story.

    18. Every time I listen to one of K.M. Weiland's books I have epiphanies about my own novel. I'm just going to re-read them whenever I feel stuck in the process. This is a great addition to my collection and has really helped me consider my characters and plot.

    19. Read all in one go today. It does rehash some of the lessons learned in her Outlining & Structuring books, but it will be a great reference book and it was great to go through and be able to reaffirm my security in the character arcs in the books I plan to query.

    20. I am a fan of K. M. Weiland, so much so that she gave me a free copy of Creating Character Arcs: The Masterful Author's Guide to Uniting Story Structure, Plot, and Character Development in return for a review. I am happy to do that.I am a beginning novelist, retooling from a lifetime of software engineering. I have found that developing software is very similar to writing a novel. You start with a blank page/screen and later you have what you want. Along the way you have a million and one decisi [...]

    21. As I try to turn the lifelong hobby of writing into a serious pursuit, I’ve been working on understanding how to transform an idea into a book. When I was writing just to entertain myself, I never thought much about character arcs and story structure, or how essential those tools are for constructing a compelling and readable story. Your future readers may not think about character arcs either, but they will certainly expect a pay off for the investment of their time and money. K. M. Weiland [...]

    22. K.M. Weiland’s Creating Character Arcs: The Masterful Author’s Guide to Uniting Story Structure, Plot, and Character Development is another great writing craft book. It is actually more than just a book, but a guide to help improve your characters.To quote KM, “But here’s the thing about character arcs: they’re way too easy to take for granted. On the surface, character arcs seem to boil down to nothing more than a simple three-step process:1. The protagonist starts one way.2. The prot [...]

    23. I bought this book prior to it's release a few days ago and so far it has exceeded my wildest expectations. It's really a synthesis of the works of James Scott Bell and many many others who have written about structure, organization and delivering what readers are looking for. But Weiland has the ability to put all these elements into a perspective that's nearly magical. Right off, I filled my whiteboard with diagrams and notes. Being a visual thinker, I have found this to be one of the most ins [...]

    24. Creating Character Arcs is by far the best writing book K.M. Weiland has published. It ties together theme, plot, and most importantly character to help you make a stunning character arc.The book is divided into three parts: the Positive Change Arc, the Flat Arc, and the three Negative Change Arcs. The Positive Arc is by far the longest, taking up about half the book, but it goes into detail about how to make a positive change work and resonate. The Flat Arc shows how to work the structure and i [...]

    25. What I've learned from this relatively unsuccessful author is that she can't count and that character arcs should adhere to a painfully rigid structure.

    26. Creating Character Arcs by K.M.Weiland is a guide for authors to help them improve the writing of their character arcs.The Bad Stuff: There were a lot of examples in this book and I know they may be useful to some, especially as the examples cover different genres. There is also the fact that, what clicks with one person may not click with another, so having more examples can be beneficial. But, it felt like filler to me, padding out the pages with extra words.The Good Stuff: Well, I read this a [...]

    27. I have read a decent number of "how to write" books and this was one of the most enlightening. I'd previously read in another writing related book "Incident reveals character" and at the time I found that to be a really good insight, the idea that the events of the plot should give an opportunity for the protagonist to reveal who they really are.Well this entire book focuses on this same point of character but goes much further, giving a detailed blow by blow account of what needs to be happenin [...]

    28. 2.5I'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 [...]

    29. Simple, clear, and entertaining - Creating Character Arcs provides the tools to create and develop characters and character driven plots that bring true depth to your story. It offers definitions, principles, examples, and questions that give clear direction and enable you to apply the content to your own work. The book is written in a fun and conversational way that makes the whole process highly enjoyable - not at all like the tedious task of reading a textbook. K.M. Weiland put into words man [...]

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