Creating character arcs: What is an arc? Why it’s so important?
Whether you are writing a plot-driven novel or than a character-driven novel, the story still needs a character arc. The Arc gives the character and direction and growth. It gives your readers something to root for or relate too while making the story stronger.
What is an arc?
An arc is when your MC starts as this person but by the end of the story, they are a different person from they were at the beginning.
Why character arcs are important?
The plot drives the story forward, but a plot can’t be great without the character. Together the plot and arc connect the story and makes everything flow. It adds a layer of character growth and development. It’s more interesting to see how your character is affected by the outcome.
Arcs make the reader more invested.
Readers are intrigued by your plot but, the plot alone is not enough. You’ll need them to turn pages. That’s when the character comes in. Readers invest in the character. Adding danger to your characters will create empathy. A master of this is George R. R. Martin the author of Game of Thrones now a popular TV Show. The viewers are interested in the plot and who will take the Iron Throne but the characters makes the show and how the author and creators kill them off. Create a threat to these characters and the reader will be alarmed.
Character Arcs make the book realistic.
In real life, we all struggle. We learn and grow. It shouldn’t be any different when writing a book. People read because they are looking for something which could be an escape from the real world. Maybe they read because there is something missing in their lives and they read to fill that gap. Some read for entertainment. The point is, characters need pit holes to make them grow as people. Nobody wants to read about a character who can do no wrong. It would come across as unrealistic and horror of all horrors. The reader closes the book.
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