Review: Creating Character Arcs

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 by K.M. Weiland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was one of the easiest to read books on writing craft I’ve ever picked up. Weiland did a great job of imparting priceless information without getting preachy or overly expository. The writing was tight and engaging, and the movies and books used as examples throughout the book were varied and current enough that even though I didn’t recognize all of them I could immediately connect with most.

The basic premise of the book is pretty self-explanatory, it describes what makes a great character arc, with specific examples and advice on how to make it work for you. The greatest gem I got out of it, and there were plenty, was Weiland’s explanation of character arc being founded on a Lie that the character or society believes. It seems like such an obvious way to tie the scenes and ultimately the whole book together, but it never occurred to me, and in all my writing workshops I’d never heard mention of it before. I can’t wait to go into my next round of editing with this concept foremost in my mind.

K.M. Weiland has several other books out on writing craft that I’m definitely going to look for. She also had a website/blog that I would recommend for any aspiring authors called HelpingWritersBecomeAuthors.com

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