Book Review: Creating Character Arcs: The Masterful Author’s Guide to Uniting Story Structure, Plot, and Character Development.   

By K.M Weiland 

There is a debate among writers and readers alike, if the success of a story is determined by plot or characters. You’ll often hear the phrases character-driven or plot-driven to describe a story. 

However, if one of these is more apparent in a story than the other, then the story isn’t balanced. As K.M. Weiland teaches in her latest craft book, you need both character and plot in addition to story structure. However, it’s not just any character, or any plot. She specifies the arc that both have to take simultaneously along the structural line of story. 

In her latest book she goes through each step of the structure and shows how the plot and character arcs seamlessly fit each beat/point on the storyline.

K.M. Weiland has a wonderful way of teaching through examples for each point she is trying to convey. She has an easy to understand manner as if she were simply explaining a subject over coffee in a cafe. She is sharing her insights into the often frustrating world of story structure by making it all click together in one masterful plan. Plot, character and structure all rolled into one fantastic book.

After each section she has questions to lead the reader into deeper understanding and ways to relate to the readers work in progress. 

She begins in part one with the positive change arc, taking the character through each act and plot points. In part two she continues with the flat arc through three acts. In part three she expands with the negative change arc in three acts. Part four explores minor characters, impact characters, character arcs in series, and more. 

K.M. Weiland is a fantastic teacher of all elements of writing a novel. Creating Character Arcs is her next installment in her arsenal of books teaching writing in both beginner and advanced techniques. This book is for both the novice and the accomplished as it has deconstructed the character arc to improve anyone’s writing. 

Be sure to visit K.M Weiland’s websites and her fiction site


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