So, next of my favorites is a three-part series of articles about negative character arcs. For those of you unfamiliar with the character arc:
Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up:
• Positive Character Arc: Protagonist starts out believing some lie inhibiting him from obtaining the end goal. Over the course of the story, he overcomes lie and embraces the victory-gaining truth.
• Static or Flat Character Arc: Protagonist knows the truth all along and is an example of its application throughout the course of the story despite challenges to the contrary.
• Negative Character Arc: Protagonist begins with at least a moderate grasp on the truth, but over the course of the story is consumed by the lie, leading to the protagonist's destruction.
There's a lot more detail to all three of these arcs, which I might find the articles for later, but until then, here is a very well written series on negative character arcs using examples from classics like Wuthering Heights, The Great Gatsby, and Star Wars!
LINK PART 1: www.helpingwritersbecomeauthor…
LINK PART 2: www.helpingwritersbecomeauthor…
LINK PART 3: www.helpingwritersbecomeauthor…
Thanks everyone! Have an adventurous day! (Clever valedictions are hard.
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But I digress. ) I'm just doing this, cause I'm the admin of this group, and I feel like I'm supposed to be doing something administrative-ish? But you are all so talented and accomplished, so you're all probably wondering why this writing and artistic noob is rambling at you.
I've been handed a clipboard.
I don't know what to do with it.
I guess I could throw it.
*sigh* Not as satisfying as one might hope.