Creating Character Arcs

After finishing two non-fiction books on creative writing – How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy and Characters and Perspectives, which I talked about in this blog post – I moved on to my next book, which I recieved for Christmas.

I was very excited to recieve not one, but three creative writing books:

  • Creative Character Arcs by K. M. Weiland
  • Beginnings, Middles, & Ends by Nancy Kress
  • Song Maps by Simon Hawkins

The first one I decided to read is the one I was most excited about: Creative Character Arcs: The Masterful Author’s Guide to Uniting Story Structure, Plot, and Character Development. I had read excellent reviews about this book, suggesting it was a #1 resource for writers, and it was filing in a gap that I really care about in my writing: character development.

Some of my favorite books are solely because of the character development, the number one being Jumperby Steven Gould. I love the way that the character grows and changes and his balance between coming of age and figuring out his super powers. The angle of anti-terrorism is so interesting, especially the way he tries to balance revenge with morals, and his relationship with the F.B.I. is so interesting. I love it, it fascinates me, and I really want to reflect genuine character development in my writing.

This book seems to be the answer, and I’m certainly adding her companion novel Structuring Your Story to my Must Read List. But, let me get to the book.Read More »

Four Copies, One Left

I have been so floored and encouraged by book sales this week! I ordered four copies from Createspace to distribute myself. I’ve often had people ask if I have a copy on hand they can purchase, and I hate having to say “no but you can order it online!” So I finally got a few copies myself, not too many just in case, but it’s seems I’ll need to be ordering more! It’s been two days and there is only one unclaimed copy left! Wowza!

Thank you for all of the support everyone!

As for an update on NaNoWriMo, I’m going strong, totaling at 17.5k currently, with a couple more hours of writing to go today. I’m also on the tail-end of Act I and about to launch into a whole new arena for Tales of Ailenor *series title?* – Thedrigan! Finally venturing out of Eviryia and across the Deep Dell! I’m so excited to explore this new location, even though I know my characters are quite distraught at needing to be there. Oh, the secrets!