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Learn to Write by Reading: Character Arc

WriteOwls logo 150 blackSuccessful writers say it all the time: To be a good writer, you need to be a good reader. So we challenge you to read more and to read outside of your comfort zone.

Good novels aren’t just about what happens (plot). They’re about how people respond to what’s happening, and how their beliefs change over the course of a story (character arc). In this month’s challenge, we invite you to read books where the authors did a wonderful job of shifting the character’s worldview over the course of the story. Here are some of our book recommendations. Pay particular attention to the growth of the characters over the course of the story.

Alicia: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Laura: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
Megan: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Naomi: The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Stacey: Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

 

Practical Prompt 2-17-16: Attraction Part 1

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For our February “Learn to Write By Reading” challenge, we invited you to examine books in which authors did a great job of building the attraction between two characters.

Now, apply what you learned to your own manuscript. Write a scene in which your two future love interests first meet. What might they first notice about each other (or, if you’re writing from one point of view, what might one character first notice about the other)?