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    I think this may be my favorite yet of her nonfict

    My favorite part of writing is creating a character profile and building the character arc. I'm already a long-time fan and supporter of K. M. Weiland's work, nonfiction, and fiction. I think this may be my favorite yet of her nonfiction books. I learned new tricks and connections I had not thought about or given a lot of thought. Asking "the right question" is so much more important than just asking questions about the story and character. Asking is a way to begin, but "the right question" will carry you through to the end. K. M. shows you that. I love the way she defined the character arc. I definitely recommend this one for any writer's library and resource.
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    Highly Recommended!!!

    With so many books geared toward the outer journey of the hero it is refreshing to read one that primarily focuses on their inner journey. I love the way the author breaks down the various types of character arcs and how they impact every part of your story. Once you realize how your hero's motivation should correspond to each act and drive the plot forward you will finally create a character worthy of remembrance.
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    Creating Character Arcs

    We all know that in successful writing it is the character that drives the plot, not the other way round. This is why the character arc is so important, and it is why this book is a valuable addition to any writer's bookshelf. K.M. Weiland breaks the complexity down by showing the development of the character arc at each plot point (or Act) in a standard story structure. This is supplemented by examples of well known characters to illustrate each part of the character arc. Thank you for this invaluable resource K.M.W.
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    Unlock the potential of your characters - Get this

    Creating moving characters can seem daunting. How do the immortal characters of fiction get created? Huck Finn, Jay Gatsby, Jane Eyre? It is with a careful eye to their arc. They begin at Point A and find their way to Point B by the end of the story. K.M. Weiland, in this excellent guide to creating arcs, demystifies the process. With numerous examples, K.M. demonstrates the techniques for positive, negative or even flat arc characters like Batman and shows how to guide them through the plot so that they emerge as full fledged people. The character arc is intimately tied to theme and plot. With K.M.'s guidance, you can learn how to nail down arc, which will exemplify your theme and strengthen your plot. This book, written in clear, simple language, answers the questions you have on one of the great mysteries of writing. Highly recommended.
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    Every writer should own a copy

    Creating Character Arcs: The Masterful Author's Guide to Uniting Story Structure, Plot, and Character Development is a fabulous writing craft book. K.M. Weiland digs deep into the three types of character arcs and how they work with and influence story structure. Then, she offers a few ideas on how to use character arcs in your main and supporting characters (and whether it’s worth making the assay with the latter instance), layering character arcs, how to use character arcs over series, and whether or not it’s possible to write a story without a character arc (*spoiler alert,* it is, but there are specific considerations the writer must address). At the end of each chapter, Kate has a slew of helpful questions that will focus your new understanding of character arc and apply it to your current work in progress. As she has with Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel, I wouldn’t be surprised if a Creating Character Arcs Workbook is in development :) As with Kate’s other writing craft books, Creating Character Arcs emerged from a blog series on the same topic. Even if you’ve read/listened to the entire series, there’s something about having the reference at your fingertips. This book works well in conjunction with the other Helping Writers Become Authors books and each builds on the others to form a rich body of writing craft knowledge. For me, every story begins with the characters and they inform everything else. Creating Character Arcs will help you to connect the dots between your characters, their arcs, and your plot. Using Kate’s method, you can craft a tight, compelling story that works on multiple levels. Every writer should own a copy.
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