Creating Character Arcs Workbook: The Writer's Reference to Exception Character Development and Creative Writing

Creating Character Arcs Workbook: The Writer's Reference to Exception Character Development and Creative Writing

by K.M. Weiland

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Overview

Uncover the Secrets to Creating Characters Readers Will Never Forget

Award-winning author K.M. Weiland's previous book, the acclaimed Creating Character Arcs, showed writers how to identify the five most important types of character arcs and use them to bring your own characters to life with stunning and powerful realism.

Now it's time to put those lessons to use! Building upon the principles you've already learned, the Creating Character Arcs Workbook presents a guided approach to choosing the right type of character arc for your story, joining plot and character into a cohesive and resonant whole, and choosing stories with life-changing themes.

Containing hundreds of incisive questions and imagination-revving exercises, this valuable resource will show you how to:

• Write an inspiring Positive Change Arc
• Create one of three unforgettable Negative Change Arcs
• Take full advantage of a heroic Flat Arc
• Align the structure of your character arcs with that of your plot
• Revise a story that has no arc
• And so much more!

This accessible and streamlined workbook will empower you to create resonant character arcs--and an outstanding novel.

Start writing your best book today!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158735851
Publisher: PenForASword Publishing
Publication date: 09/20/2017
Series: Helping Writers Become Authors , #8
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 551,884
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

K.M. Weiland lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survives primarily on chocolate truffles and espresso. She is the IPPY, NIEA, and Lyra Award-winning and internationally published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs, as well as Jane Eyre: The Writer’s Digest Annotated Classic, the historical/dieselpunk adventure Storming, the portal fantasy Dreamlander, the medieval epic Behold the Dawn, and the western A Man Called Outlaw. When she’s not making things up, she’s busy mentoring other authors on her award-winning blog Helping Writers Become Authors. She makes her home in western Nebraska.

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Anna_ErishkigalAE More than 1 year ago
I've had the companion "Creating Character Arcs" textbook for a while now and used it to help flesh out some particularly pernicious character arcs in my latest epic fantasy novel, so when I saw there is now a workbook, I snagged it. The workbook follows along nicely, and complements, but doesn't repeat the lessons in the textbook. Each work-lesson is reinforced with several fresh (new) examples from dozens of books and movies which most people will be familiar with, ranging from Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, up to modern movies ranging from Thor to Master & Commander to more literary movies such as 'Doubt.' Each exercise has 2-3 lines to scribble, but it's mostly exercises and examples, so you're not paying for a book filled with useless empty space (I'm too cheap to scribble in it, so I always carry a notebook for my scribbles). The paperback edition is nice because, at 7.5x9, it's a big enough workbook to give you a visual picture of the exercises, but not so huge you can't shove it into your purse. Great companion for the 'Creating Story Arcs' textbook -OR- as a standalone .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic and helpful book for an emerging writer. I am drafting my first novel and this book is filled with insightful questions that must be answered so that I can engage my readers with the journey of my protagonist. Especially useful are the questions about the ghost and the lie, because they force writers to think more deeply so we can convey the iceberg below the surface and go beyond describing daily activity. The insight that this should apply beyond the MC to the antagonist and the sidekick and other important characters adds layers of complexity to the struggle of the main character, and makes the job of the writer that much more fascinating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Creating Character Arcs Workbook is an excellent resource for writers on the go. (And, let’s face it we’re writers, when aren’t we?) This workbook is the companion to the writing craft book “Creating Character Arcs,” by Ms. Weiland. I have found the workbook of particular use in the development of my secondary characters as I work through my first draft. The instruction in the workbook is effective for its succinct nature. In the middle of my first draft I don’t want to slow down and read an entire chapter of a writing craft book, just to find that one sentence that I read forever ago, that I know will help me solve my character arc problems. I want efficiency. (Because we’re writers, so this is probably our second job) The Creating Character Arcs Workbook has crystallized information that clarifies the essentials of character arc creation. The workbook contains a wealth of information. Questionnaires, diagrams, and examples of arcs from familiar stories streamline the character development process. TL:DR Skip your latte/ whatever your vice is and go get this workbook if you want a quick and dirty reference for all your character arc needs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The companion to this workbook, Creating Character Arcs, was the first book by K. M. Weiland I read. It introduced me to her style of breaking down the often-complicated process of writing into its simplest points, with plenty of examples to see how to use the tips in your own work. I am happy to say that the Creating Character Arcs Workbook fulfills in every way my high expectations of Ms. Weiland’s books. I was pleased to see the level of attention to each arc, not just for the positive change arc. I also especially enjoyed the exercises in creating not one but four potential items for the arcs’ frameworks, so that writers can test several options and see which works best. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for my honest review. However, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and applying it to my present work, and I look forward to referring back to it in future projects. I recommend this book to any writers who are trying to create interesting characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The companion to this workbook, Creating Character Arcs, was the first book by K. M. Weiland I read. It introduced me to her style of breaking down the often-complicated process of writing into its simplest points, with plenty of examples to see how to use the tips in your own work. I am happy to say that the Creating Character Arcs Workbook fulfills in every way my high expectations of Ms. Weiland’s books. I was pleased to see the level of attention to each arc, not just for the positive change arc. I also especially enjoyed the exercises in creating not one but four potential items for the arcs’ frameworks, so that writers can test several options and see which works best. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for my honest review. However, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and applying it to my present work, and I look forward to referring back to it in future projects. I recommend this book to any writers who are trying to create interesting characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think no matter how you approach outlining or structuring your writing projects this workbook can work for you. I found this book to be immeasurably useful and feel that it has improved the quality of the story I am working on. I've realized that I can be a little uncertain on where to put some scenes and waver back and forth moving the same handful of scenes over and over again. Answering the questions presented in the workbook has taken the guesswork out of when a character should be reacting or taking action in the plot. Whether you're like me and write pages of notes or just write a two-sentence response, the questions the workbook poses will have you thinking about your characters and plot in ways you might never have considered. The book helps you to lay-out what the character should be doing in relation to what arc they're following and how that connects with each structural moment in the plot which is extremely helpful. There were also examples of character arcs from popular books and movies which was helpful. I do wish minor characters were given a short chapter at the end of the book touching on how much of an arc if any they should have. Questions about minor characters were included while you were completing each arc I just would have liked all these questions together in one place I could refer back to.
Juneta More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC copy for an honest review. K. M. Weiland has a way of showing you what she means and giving you tools to put it to action. This companion workbook to Creating Character ARCS is no different. I highly recommend this and all her work. I've never been disappointed.
ChristinaLi More than 1 year ago
Author K.M. Weiland does an excellent job of walking a writer through creating a character that is full, interesting, and changes over the course of a story. She has exercises at the end of each chapter to help you develop your own ideas as well as plenty of choices and examples of what to do with this knowledge she shares. My personal favorite is the 'lie your character believes' and what the character does with that lie. Will he/she overcome it or not and why and how do you work this outcome in your writing. Following this book will push your writing to the next level. Highly recommend!