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Powerful character arcs create powerful stories.

Have you written a story with an exciting concept and interesting characters - but it just isn't grabbing the attention of readers or agents? It's time to look deeper into the story beats that create realistic and compelling character arcs. Internationally published, award-winning novelist K.M. Weiland shares her acclaimed method for achieving memorable and moving character arcs in every book you write.

By applying the foundation of the three-act story structure and then delving even deeper into the psychology of realistic and dynamic human change, Weiland offers a beat-by-beat checklist of character arc guidelines that flexes to fit any type of story.

This comprehensive book will teach you:

  • How to determine which arc - positive, negative, or flat - is right for your character.
  • Why you should never pit plot against character. Instead, learn how to blend story structure and character development.
  • How to recognize and avoid the worst pitfalls of writing novels without character arcs.
  • How to hack the secret to using overarching character arcs to create amazing trilogies and series.
  • And much more!

Gaining an understanding of how to write character arcs is a game-changing moment in any author's pursuit of the craft.

Bring your characters to unforgettable and realistic life - and take your stories from good to great!

©2016 K.M. Weiland (P)2017 K.M. Weiland

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Indispensable

An indispensable resource for writers or story lovers who want to better understand story structure. Uses lots of old and contemporary examples from films and novels to illustrate its claims. Arcs covered include the positive change arc, the flat arc, and the negative change (corruption or fall) arc. I got a lot of useful information and will try incorporating the interplay between lies and truths that characters believe in my own attempts at fiction. Great narration as well, and doesn’t overstay its welcome. If anything, it might even be too short.

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great for writers

this is a good complementary read to books like Save the Cat which focuses on plot. this will make you think about your characters inner journey, not just the outside events! quick and informative.

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Character Arcs.

this was wonderfully narrated and we'll written! I listened to it while working and it made my day go by faster and I learned a lot about character development and storytelling.

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  • C. Deputy
  • 2018-06-07

Why We Read (Listen To) These Books

If, like me, you have read all of the other books in this genre (Story, Screenplay, Save the Cat, etc.), there is nothing really new to be found beyond a deeper look into the specific aspects of character arc. I like these books because sometimes a different perspective on the same subject can be illuminating. Instead of hearing Robert McKee for the fifth time, I can listen to Ms. Weiland say nearly the same thing. but from a slightly different perspective. Sometimes this is all I need to break through writer's block or a particular problem I may be having with a story. i would rank this book just after Story and above Save the Cat.

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  • Pi
  • 2018-09-05

Doesn't waste your time

One problem I've grown increasingly tired of with advice books is excessive padding. Rather than specific advice, most books drag on forever finding new ways to rephrase the core thesis of each section, substituting repetition for insight.

Not so with Creating Character Arcs. This book is packed with pointed advice and clearly articulated examples. What little repetition exists merely serves to reorganize the majors points at the end of each chapter in a way that you can quickly reference for your own projects.

I also appreciate the bravery in giving real advice, as opposed to couching everything in murky terms of "personal judgment" or "taste." That's not to say that every piece of advice will apply to every project, but the writer recognizes that we can make those decisions for ourselves, avoiding the unnecessary qualifiers that plague so many other books in this genre.

This book is surprisingly dense with useful information, and it sets the standard, not just for writing advice books, but for advice books as a whole.

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  • 2017-06-16

Character Arc Perfection!

If you could sum up Creating Character Arcs in three words, what would they be?

Character analysis mastery!

What other book might you compare Creating Character Arcs to and why?

There are dozens of books on character building, but this book shows how your character faces the challenges in your story.

Have you listened to any of Sonja Field’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first time I heard the voice of Sonja Field.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

This book equipped me with the tools necessary to help my characters fulfill their purpose in my novels.

Any additional comments?

Before you publish your novel, read this book!

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  • Sophia Clay
  • 2019-11-14

good tips but ironically lacks character

this plays like a cook book and really only has strenght if you can pace it and dart around looking for certain points.

because of its persistent point after point as an audio book it is forgettable

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  • Oneadem
  • 2018-04-27

Brilliant Resource

The ebook and workbook weren't enough; I couldn't leave for work without grabbing the audio version, too. It's packed with so much great character-building information you'll need to slow down the read rate and take it all in. During a rough week at work, this selection made the commute more than worthwhile.

This is a must own for story writers.

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  • Alexander Andro
  • 2017-12-17

flat arc characters

If all the books on screenwriting and writing in general that I have read, this is the only book that covers flat arc characters. worth reading for that alone.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-11-29

For what it’s worth

It’s odd for someone to refer to their success writing stories when they have write more books about writing stories than they have books containing actually stories. But this book generates good reflection. Take it for what it’s worth, which could possibly be a lot.

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  • Evelyn Williamson
  • 2017-05-17

Best writing book I've read.

I'm so thankful for this book. The information was clear and understandable, there were a lot of examples and I loved the question at the end of each chapter. They made me think as I was listening and ultimately saved my novel from the trash folder (figuratively, I'd never actually toss it out permanently.)
There is a lot of repeated information from Structuring Your Novel, but I read this one first, and now that I have read that one I think this is ultimately the better book. I can't wait until the workbook is released.

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  • R. Studtman
  • 2020-05-17

I don't think this book translates well to audio.

I've tried several times to listen to this casually and I can't do it. The narration is (to me) flat and boring. The narrator has life to her delivery, you can hear vocal shifts but it's like one emotional tone or something. Hard to describe, like all the emphasis occurs in a narrow band and is delivered at a somewhat constant rate.

I think this book would be better in your hands than read to you.

I don't want to be too harsh on this narrator. I'm thinking this book was a tough task. Like "We'd like to hire you to bring life to the dictionary." Valuable information, a tough narration nut to crack. I'm too new to listening to audio books to know if the narration could have been done better or if its simply tough material to inject life into so the ear enjoys it and digests the message.

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  • Jeremiah Lockhart
  • 2018-12-10

She delivers what the book promises.

An audiobook filled from end to end with Great teachings. I highly recommend to fellow storytellers.

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