Creating Character Arcs by K.M. Weiland
Many authors stumble when creating character arcs. K.M. Weiland is one of the younger writers to land a book on the Author Alliance's top 12 books every serious author should include in their toolbox, but she's produced numerous books on writing (along with several novels). Weiland has several noteworthy books on outlining and plotting, but we chose Creating Character Arcs because we believe it the best on this subject matter.
The Anatomy Of Story is concrete and practical without resorting to simplistic 'Three Act Structure' screenwriting clichés. It will be an indispensable guide to writing your first great script. Then, the perfect survival manual to help you negotiate the often confusing, contradictory and cutthroat world of professional screenwriting. ―Larry Wilson, co-writer /co-producer of BEETLEJUICE and co-writer of THE ADDAMS FAMILY
I've enjoyed and benefited from her books and blog for years. Weiland loves the writing process. She writes novels. She writes books on writing. And, somehow, she finds time to teach writers how to write better.
Following in the Greater Teachers' Footsteps
I like K.M. Weiland as a writer, teacher because she is blissfully following in the footsteps of the teaching giants like Dwight Swain and Jack Bickham. Each generation produces, one, two if we're fortunate, and Weiland is one from her age range competing to become such a person.
Creating Character Arcs Weaves Character & Plot Development
Besides teaching different types of character arcs, Weiland shows how to weave the arc around the plot like a vine leading high with the tallest tree. More than any other book, Creating Character Arc helped make me understand how to develop the character arc in a manner that drives and complements the plot.