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Monday, April 26, 2010
Working on Outlining and Character Arc
A blogging writer friend of mine, Jamie Harrington wrote an adorable post on outlines that changed the way I feel about them. She made outlining fun and~dare I say~easy. Her agent asked her if she outlines her novels. Check out her entertaining answer here: http://www.totallythebomb.com/storysaurus-rocks-face
So if this post is all about outlines what is my picture of a character arc sheet for? Glad you asked. I found that if I fill out a character arc sheet (like my fancy design?) then it makes the outlining process that much easier because I already have an idea of where I want the story to go. I start at the bottom of the sheet and work my way up. Off to the right I put major points of the story that affect the character. In the box I put what the character is feeling and thinking, basically where they are emotionally in the story. As the plot progresses I chart changes in the character. This way I make sure my character actually learns and grows, or the opposite depending on the story. Characters are the heart of your story and their arc is just as important as the story arc. The last thing you want to do is neglect them. Feel free to use my character arc sheet if you like. I hope it helps ease the process for you.