C is for Character Arc
Several years ago, I attended what was called a master class for writers. A respected and successful author from a nearby community was the teacher. How better to learn – right?
I showed up with my trusty notebook ready to absorb all the writing tips I possibly could. I’m sure I stared at him with my stars in my eyes and a look on my face that said, ‘I want to be like you’.
He opened it up for questions at the end. And I asked about character arc. With my pencil posed to scribble down the magical answer, I waited for his answer.
He couldn’t give me one. Gasp! He was one of those authors that did everything naturally. #whateverIhatethosekindofpeople
So here are my thoughts on character arc:
It’s the growth of a character from a place of emotional instability and flaws – known as internal conflict – to a place of confidence and acceptance of those flaws.
Through his/her actions and paying the consequences – known as external conflict – the character’s beliefs are tested and he/she learns new truths and changes accordingly for an emotional and satisfying end.
Was there a concept when you were starting out that you didn’t quite understand?