- 274 pages ; 22 cm.
- Contents: Introduction: Can you structure characters? -- Part 1: The positive change arc. The lie your character believes -- The things your character wants and needs -- Your character's ghost -- The characteristics moment -- The normal world -- The first act -- The first plot point -- The first half of the second act -- The midpoint -- The second half of the second act -- The third plot point -- The third act -- The climax -- The resolution -- Part 2: The flat arc. The first act -- The second act -- The third act -- Part 3: The negative change arc. The first act -- The second act -- The third act -- Part 4: FAQs about character arcs. How can I figure out what my character's arc should be? -- Can a character's arc be a subplot? -- What is an impact character? And why does every story need one? -- Should all my minor characters have arcs? -- How can I use rewards and punishments to get my character to change? -- What if my story has no character arc? -- How do I write a character arc in a series?Includes bibliographical references (page 277)Summary: Explores the techniques of effective character development in the processing of writing novels to take the author's stories from good to great, including how to determine which arc is right for your character, why you should never pit plot against character, and how to avoid the pitfalls of writing novels without character arcs.