What is a Character Arc?


First of all, what is an arc?  Look at the picture below.

Character Arc

An arc starts from point A, rises, and then falls to end at point B.  A character arc does the same thing.  It is the character’s transformation from who they are at the beginning of the story to who they will become by the end of the story.

In fiction, a story’s main character (MC) will usually face a conflict that will lead them to the climax of the story.  The conflict forces the MC to change in some form or fashion to overcome the conflict and resolve the problem.  Let me give you an example.

In Forbidden: Book One of the Sanctorian Series, the MC was sheltered, quiet, and kept to herself.  The MC, Lyla, faced many difficult circumstances and had to learn to be independent.  Due to the main conflict of the story, she changed from an introverted person who was unsure of herself into a strong female lead.  Her personality went from point A, rose to the climax due to the conflict, and ended at point B.

Forbidden 2
Available February 2018

Before you begin to write your character into your story, determine how they currently are and then how you want them to be by the end of your story.  This will help you later on when you start to map the plot points for your story.

Published by Cynthia Brandel

Published author and founder of https://cynthiabrandel.com, Cynthia has captivated the world with her works of fiction including The Sanctorian Series and her latest work, The Revenant City Series. Lover of young adult reads and fantasy reads, Cynthia has transformed her passions into a full-time career.

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