Writing Tips: Story Arcs (Arc'ing Over the Goal)One of the most common questions that I get for the own show that I'm producing right now, Growing Around, is "what's the story arc?" Now they don't mean the arcs of each of the character and how they develop. They're talking about a deeper plot, and that always triggers a response question "why does it need a story arc?" Let's be totally clear here. I'm referring to cartoons, not novels or movies. I'm not even talking about mini-series. I'm talking about your typical 11-minute cartoon that airs on a standard cartoon channel. There persists a stereotype: either your show has an integral plot like Avatar or Steven Universe, or it's going to be as mediocre as Johnny Test. This is not true, and I'm going to tell you why.Writing Tips: Story Arcs (Arc'ing Over the Goal)8 months ago in Articles & Interviews
A show needs to find its strength and utilize it. Sometimes that kind of strength needs a story arc. Gravity Falls' strength happens to be mystery, and a good mystery needs an ongoing arc. Sometimes that strength doesn't need a story arc. Back in the first seasons of Spon
as your spine arcs back like lightningthe moment you lose your skeleton is when i regain mine.as your spine arcs back like lightning1 year ago in Free Verse
the moment the rain is gold is when it drips
like ink, burning our skin and
tying our bruises.
understand that we are wired differently,
bones bursting, haywire,
suspended into the crackling static.
we who are worn
drum the sidewalk beneath
our feet, while i
lick the shaft of flame and become fire.
The Character ArcThe Character Arc5 years ago in Writing
The CHARACTER ARC
PLOT ARC: The events that happen while the characters make other plans.
CHARACTER ARC: The emotional roller-coaster that the character suffers while dealing with the Plot.
To make a story a cohesive whole, every single thing in it must be there for a reason. Every single character, object, location, and event must push toward the ending you have planned even if it doesn't look that way to the casual observer. In short, every scene in the story should either illustrate a characteristic attribute of a main Character or be an Event that makes your ending happen.
What the Character Arc does is map out the Emotional path your characters need to take to grow and change into the heroes and heroines your story needs to achieve your story's ending.
For the record, a Character Arc can be used all by itself as th