Character Arcs to Come Up with a Great Story

Character Arcs to Come Up with a Great Story

A story could not come to life without characters. They are the ones that serve as the driving force. Without them, readers will not be able to connect with a book. Many people dream of becoming a successful or a published author, and giving great structure to your characters is one way to achieve it. If you are one of them, then you should work on this factor. You don’t know where to start? We’ve got your back. This article will discuss character arcs that you should know before you get started on your writing process.

First, you should know some of the ropes of how character arcs work. As defined by Google, character arcs are the transformation that characters must have to go through over the story timeframe. When a story has a proper character arc, it will make a significant difference. It can be in any writing form, such as scriptwriting or screenplays for films and novels. When you write a story, you start with one sort of person. Authors should provide a significant development from the person from the start to who the person became in the last part. This measures how much the author of the book focused on the character’s arc.

You can learn many things to establish a character arc; one way is by reading books and witnessing how other authors do theirs. A remarkable book to check out is The Yellow Rose by Carl R. Brush and Bob Stewart. This book is a compelling historical fiction that is well-researched and well-written. Not to mention how evident and remarkable the character’s arc in this book. It is a good blend of romance and history. Getting this book will give readers and aspiring authors some strategies for developing characters.

Here are some of the arcs you need to know:

Finding the Character’s Goals

Start a story by giving the main character a thirst for hope and dreams. Turn these hopes and dreams into elements for that character’s strong personality. You always have to establish a character’s strong personality. It will capture the readers’ attention, making them want to know more about the characters you have created. Before that, you must also put out her goals. What does the character want to achieve? Is there something in the past that led them into this journey?

Give Readers a Roller Coaster Ride

You don’t want your story to appear predictable; readers always want to read stories that will surprise them. The technique to this is to play your character’s plot. As they say, feisty readers want to experience a roller coaster ride. It will not be hard to achieve this once you have gotten your character’s attention already. Thus, not sticking to one path will be the best strategy you have to follow. Give readers a happy time and a second later, give them challenges to face. It should keep the fire burning and keep readers’ excited.

Create a Fall

In real life, there will be choices and decisions people have to make. At the end of the day, these decisions do not always end up being great. In your book, you need to make it clear that the character also commits these mistakes. It is an excellent way to make your readers feel connected to them because the circumstances in the book are believable. Your character should not be perfect like you’d want them to be. It would be best if you considered creating declines that sometimes readers would be annoyed by their decisions.

Provide Growth

As stated previously, the characters should have an extreme, if not a great, transformation. It would help if you made your readers learn from the journey of the characters. The ending should not always have to be perfect for the characters. In fact, most of the books that have sold out do not provide a great ending; sometimes, they even make it tragic. Nevertheless, the thing you need to make evident is the growth of the characters. From this, readers will learn something substantial about the book, which they will apply in their lives.

In a nutshell, you should never forget to check if your character arc is in the right place. Remember that your characters will bring color to your story, so you have to focus on them as much as you focus on your plot.

 

WELSH’S THE TRUTH LIES BURIED–GUEST POSTS

 

 

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What we have here are two reviews of a super new crime novel, The Truth Lies Buried,  by Lesley Welsh.

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You can read my own take on the book at http://bit.ly/29BEPxJ  Add these commentaries all up and you know there’ll be a big hole in your life if you don’t rush to it immediately.

 

 

REVIEW THE FIRST:

Reading this ten days ago I thought it was wonderful. Now that my better half has read it and we’ve done all the post-mortems and compared our clinical notes, we rank it as outstanding.

The style is nuanced, sly, wry, and fiercely intelligent, without a superfluous word. Cultural allusions and quotable quotes abound, with two already established in our domestic lexicon.

You know from the get-go that a beautiful terror is born, and the joyride just keeps getting better. It’s all down to feisty, complex Monica, whose heart must have been forged from some mercury-tungsten amalgam. Her love and lust lead to chaos, lunacy, muddle and mayhem, carving up turf, inheritances and physiognomies, with unassailable logic and inevitability.

To sum up: a riveting crime novel that twists, turns, wrings and wrenches its way through a mesmerising cast of sentient psychopaths, a hitlist of great characters – most gone far too soon – but, I guess, c’est la morte. But then again who ever said that death was fair? And why can’t I find an English word for noir?’

REVIEW THE SECOND:
‘Sam Riley, the protagonist, is an ex-hitwoman, ex-soldier, ex-bouncer, and guardian of the innocent. The antagonists are legion and not one-dimensionally evil or cartoonish. Lesley Welsh, the writer, is truly gifted: she is a storyteller who can set up a noir-ish scene, with noir-ish dialog, and noir-ish characters without any plodding digressions. This book has been the best surprise out of amazon’s kindle unlimited since I joined, and probably the best action/crime novel I’ve read this year. I’m looking forward to more from Lesley Welsh.’

YELLOW ROSE FIVE-STAR

Yellow RoseSamantha Alban posted this review on Amazon today. Just a stupendous moment.

The Yellow Rose: A Novel of the Texas Revolution is a wonderfully crafted piece of historical fiction. Typically, I do not read a tremendous amount of historical fiction unless there is an element of romance, and The Yellow Rose provided just enough to keep me interested not just for the first read, but for a second, as well.

The first thing that I must (absolutely must) comment on is the eloquent way in which the story is written. It is apparent that each word was chosen with care. The outcome? A beautifully written piece. Period. The words flowed through the pages, weaving in and out of story lines, creating a highly entertaining piece. Brush and Stewart are quite talented in this respect. 

In addition, the characters are true to their namesakes and appear highly accurate. They are complex in their development and hold true to their motivations. I really felt that Brush and Stewart were able to create each character with multi-dimensional facets. Nothing fell flat. The dialogue was intriguing and spot on. It was true to the character’s personalities, never wavering,  which I find to be refreshing. It was especially nice to have a strong, independent female character who struggled with her own demons while trying to help others deal with theirs.

A1jkiJmh+RL._SX150_Which brings me to the romance. The romance of Sam and Emily is beautiful, sad, complicated and, at times, torturous. I just wanted them to be together so bad even though history hints that it was not going to happen. Brush and Stewart just really twist the knife with this one. They create this wonderfully believable romance, with a build up that takes you through the deep feelings and emotions of both characters, and then stay true to what we know is the history. There was no way that Emily and Sam would ever be together… I knew it, I just didn’t want to believe it. But, hey, I’m a hopeless romantic. 

Anyway, the story ends in a way that I did not like, but I really appreciate how a brief background of the historical characters is added at the end of the novel making me accept that this was how it was supposed to be. I suppose it kind of “talked me down” after being disappointed. 

“If you didn’t like the ending, how can you give this novel five stars?” you ask. 

Well, in addition to being a hopeless romantic, I am also a glutton for the tortured romantic. I didn’t like the ending, but not all things have happy endings and what made me not turn my back to this book was the way in which Brush and Stewart handled the let down. Until the very last page, the characters were true to their souls and the story was true to what we know of the history. 

The Yellow Rose made me believe that this story could have very well happened, and in my opinion, that is the true indicator of a really strong historical fiction. 

LIVING PAST DREAMS

A.B. Funkhauser and I collaborated on a projected about writing historical fiction. Here’s the link to her website where it’s posted. It’s both rich in content and handsome in design. I’ve reviewed both her books Scooter Nation and Heuer Lost and Found on previous blogs, so check them out by clicking on the images below. As for our words of wisdom re historical fiction, GO HERE NOW!

 

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PRANKS AND LIES AND DISASTERS

The Lie

[THE LIE releases on March 4, 2016. Click on the cover image to order to get your advance copy.] 

For high school siblings, Amy and Bryce, the night began with a football game. Bryce was stuck at home with a cold, brought on by an uncaring coach. Amy was in the stands, playing with the band whose funding had been taken away and given to the football team.

Her best friend, Jane, brought the band together to play a prank on the team in protest.

The prank went wrong. Horribly, tragically wrong.

And the lie that started it all would not stop.

 

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About the Author:

IMG_9667Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond.

She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Some of her short stories have appeared in anthologies, others in magazines.

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Excerpt:

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 The sun is peeping over the mountains all around us. The members of the Landry High School Band fill in the last of the holes where we placed our planned revenge to go off tonight. None of us has had any sleep since we woke up yesterday, yet we’re charged up and ready for the rest of today and well into tonight.

“Where are your friends?” I ask.

Jane Preston, my bestie, the true mastermind of this prank, smirks at me.

 

B R Y C E

I hear Amy coming home. She doesn’t know that I’ve been awake all night, waiting on her. Not that she sneaks out much—she never does stuff like this, unless it’s a Jane plan. I pretty much figured that from what I caught of the muffled phone conversations going on until eight last night. That’s when I heard the window going up, a box being hidden behind the bush, and Amy sneaking away.

She’s lucky that Mom and Dad didn’t catch her. Thanks to me. If I hadn’t gone into the kitchen, faking that cough, Amy would have been in major trouble.

 

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