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  1. #11
    Very general a story arc looks like this:

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    A novel might have an arc that looks like a roller coaster with lots of highs and lots of lows, even a few flips and spins woven in. It's basically the shape of the tension built into your story.
    “Fools” said I, “You do not know
    Silence like a cancer grows
    Hear my words that I might teach you
    Take my arms that I might reach you”
    But my words like silent raindrops fell
    And echoed in the wells of silence : Simon & Garfunkel


    Those who enjoy stirring the chamber-pot should be required to lick the spoon.

    Our job as writers is to make readers dream, to infiltrate their minds with our words and create a new reality; a reality not theirs, and not ours, but a new, unique combination of both.

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  2. #12
    I am going to add to the conversation. But think I am using the wrong word since I got this definition from a book I own from david wisehart (how to write great charcaters, kindle):

    Think of a character arc as a moral arc. The character changes in a moral direction. Towards good or evil. Right or wrong.

    My definition is different but each person's idea contributes to the discussion, and I am just adding this post to the conversation/discussion. I use the enneagram as of lately to write some interesting personalities and the above book discusses it.
    I would follow as in believe in the words of good moral leaders. Rather than the beliefs of oneself.
    The most difficult thing for a writer to comprehend is to experience silence, so speak up. (quoted from a member)

  3. #13
    Sit down and read...Any fiction book will have a standard story arc format. Reading will do far more good than asking countless questions on vague concepts and abstract ideas. Actively engaging in a character's journey (reading) is an excellent, hands on tool. If you are looking for basic archetypes, pick up Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey and Hero with a Thousand Faces. These will give you basic touchstone of how many stories progess.
    Last edited by Darkkin; June 30th, 2018 at 01:07 AM.


  4. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by Ken11 View Post
    So, the plot arc would mean the beginning, middle and end?

    I'd have to think about what I'd need discussing. Give me time pls.
    Take your time. I often use Harry Potter as an example. I enjoyed the early books in the series.

  5. #15
    "I don't know nuthin about birthin' no babies!"

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