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Ellen's tips for new writers
characters - creating the arc
If you are like most writers, you read everything about writing that falls into your field of vision. Perhaps not everything you read makes sense. Or is that just me? When I first started out, I trolled the net for blogs and columns and articles and theses about what makes a good story. I quickly schooled myself in elements of the modern novel - something I didn't learn from my few college level creative writing classes.
Everything made sense. Focus on plot or character. Paint a vivid world. Speak like normal people speak (whatever that is). Write what you know - sibling rivalry, demonic perfectionistic zombies, love, broken hearts, etc.
Everything made sense except for one thing. The character arc. The character arc meeting another character's arc. Matching or paralleling or crossing your character's arc to or with your plot's rise, fall and resolution.
During my studies, I've narrowed character arcs into three categories. Let's take a look at them.
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Author, reader, poet, teacher, mom, star gazer, dreamer.
Ellen grew up in a Southern California low desert town on a block filled with boys. Dirt-clod throwing, tree-climbing, worm-eating boys. She countered this world with fiction, spending hours and hours at the local library, reading hundreds of books and imagining life as Nancy Drew, Elizabeth Bennett and Mick Kelly. As a teen, she spent time daydreaming about the world, the universe, and how she might one day write stories and create characters that young people would fall in love with like she'd done.
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