What is your turnaround time?Oh my goodness this is helpful! But the MC still changes, or grows, and I feel he needs a personal struggle, hence why I thought about giving him a smaller positive change arc as a subplot.
| Jami Gold, Paranormal AuthorIf the character is minor, all of his beats don’t necessarily have to occur on screen and/or you can show them in quicker succession after he’s introduced to catch him up to speed. My current focus is on “monster” stories, and in many of them it seems there are no arcs at all, at least not in the sense of an internally generated change arc that arises due to “the lie the character believes”. I will need some time to digest this.
A Gift for You… | Jami Gold, Paranormal AuthorI’m writing a series that doesn’t tie together, this way a reader can pick up any of my books and enjoy them. :-)*[…] a flat character arc story, our protagonist would know a truth that could be simplified into a high-level theme (Hard work […]If the character himself is battling the Lie internally (i.e., he still partially believes it), then it’s a Change Arc, not a Flat Arc. Eventually they will grow into a Flat-arc during their adulthood.
Character Arc #3: The Flat Arc. however the protagonist becomes okay with this, knowing that change takes time and must happen individually, not as a whole city/world all at once? I didn't quite understand its meaning before, but your example of the Hobbit is very vivid! Marvel’s I would call what you’re describing “doubt,” and by that token, yes, this is the essence of personal tension in a Flat Arc.It could be that her Lie is that she’s unable to help, or it could be, in a milder form, just a Doubt that niggles at her.Thank you so much for this post.
Shortly after the hook, an unexpected event turns your character’s world upside down, often threatening your character’s Truth or bringing the temptation of the antagonist’s Lie to light. Until the inciting incident introduces...How to write a character arc with a positive changeLearn how to create, outline, and write unforgettable fictional characters in this FREE course.Of course, not all protagonists change for the better. I eagerly await your next post for more inspiration.Hi Katie, you’ve made made me unsure now of whether my character should have a flat arc or a positive one. Would you say the growth could be both positive and negative for a flat arc?
In the aftermath of this event, your character rages against what they believe to be the futility of their cause. Sometimes, the arc doesn’t involve substantial internal change, and is more about the change they effect on the world around them — something often called a “flat arc.” When planning the arc of your central personalities, always look for the lie they believe , the truth they may or may not believe , and the goal that drives them .
Doubt, in essence, thus becoming the engine driving the second act as he makes his way back to the light?I agree. Great example. Geralt was given a flat character arc, which I thought was handled quite well. *And now I’m off to go keep trying to actually pin down on paper my current protagonist’s positive change arc. What you’d be looking at in a situation like that is minor characters who failed to accept the protag’s Truth and change in a positive way. In the end, it consumes him and he loses everything, Nick Carraway lives a restless life in Minnesota after completing school at Yale and fighting in World War I.
But he does have a Doubt. I have a well-adjusted, positive character in the first two books of my series who will be the hero of the third book.
After a second unexpected event further establishes the antagonist’s power, your character is forced to not only accept the reality of the inciting incident but to pursue a goal defined by the need to preserve their Truth or resist the temptation of the Lie.
A story […]This is why we often see change arcs in the first book in a series and flat arcs in the following books.
Alice in Wonderland–depends on the version. Sometimes he may even spend the First Act actively Once again, you have made me think, thank you. :pHarmonization is such a beautiful thing when it is found.
The magical destiny she believes she has is to change the strict discipline and the world (for the better) because of her talents and abilities. Maybe I still haven’t.Before I read this I never thought that negative arc is popular.
And then he had the opportunity to show the MRO what hobbits Really are. From the very first page, they carry with them a strong sense of identity and personal belief. If it isn’t done right, it can be flat, lifeless, boring.Do you do feature film script consultations?
That’s what has been my problem–trying to make him believe a lie when he already knows the Truth.In the flat arc, would you need to show a full blown change or negative change arc for the supporting characters?This post is real food for thought. Thank you!Nick’s lie is an optimistic and innocuous one that life thus far hasn’t forced him to challenge, and that East Egg initially supports in spades.