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In this IPPY and NIEA Award-winning guide from the author of the bestselling Outlining Your Novel, you will discover the universal underpinnings that guarantee powerful plot and character arcs....
Let outlines help you write a better book....
In Dialogue, Robert McKee offers in-depth analysis for how characters speak on the screen, on the stage, and on the page in believable and engaging ways....
Robert McKee's screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress, and putting major screenwriting careers back on track....
The Secrets of Story is a revolutionary and comprehensive writing guide for the 21st century, focused on clever ways to get an audience to fully identify with an all-too-human hero....
In clear, precise language, this guide discusses the various types of stories we tell, their specific parts, and how they are assembled....
Do you want your readers to feel like they're really there - in the place where the story happens....
Inspiration is a slippery thing at the best of times. But as a writer, you can't afford to wait around on Madam Muse's goodwill....
Blake listened to you and provides new tips, tactics, and techniques to solve your writing problems and create stories that resonate....
In this book, I'll reveal the powerful techniques employed by best-selling authors, and I'll show you how to apply them to rivet your readers....
Stein on Writing provides immediately useful advice for writers of fiction and nonfiction, whether newcomers or accomplished professionals....
Among the many "how-to" playwriting books that have appeared over the years, there have been few that attempt to analyze the mysteries of play construction....
In this book, New York Times best-selling author William Bernhardt explains the elements that make stories work, using examples spanning from Gilgamesh to The Hunger Games....
The fastest way to improve your writing is by the use of the Deep Point-of-View technique, which can transform any novel from mediocre storytelling into riveting prose....
This valuable reference and descriptive thesaurus offers writers a simplified way to depict vibrant settings and dynamic character descriptions flawlessly....
The fastest way to succeed as an author is to write more books. How do you do that with a day job, family, school, or all your other time commitments? The secret is efficiency....
This manual is specifically for fiction writers who want to learn how to create riveting and compelling dialogue that propels the storyline and reveals character personality....
Imagine knowing what the brain craves from every tale it encounters, what fuels the success of any great story, and what keeps people transfixed. Wired for Story reveals these...
Powerful character arcs create powerful stories.
Have you written a story with an exciting concept and interesting characters - but it just isn't grabbing the attention of readers or agents? It's time to look deeper into the story beats that create realistic and compelling character arcs. Internationally published, award-winning novelist K.M. Weiland shares her acclaimed method for achieving memorable and moving character arcs in every book you write.
By applying the foundation of the three-act story structure and then delving even deeper into the psychology of realistic and dynamic human change, Weiland offers a beat-by-beat checklist of character arc guidelines that flexes to fit any type of story.
This comprehensive book will teach you:
Gaining an understanding of how to write character arcs is a game-changing moment in any author's pursuit of the craft.
Bring your characters to unforgettable and realistic life - and take your stories from good to great!
If you could sum up Creating Character Arcs in three words, what would they be?
Character analysis mastery!
What other book might you compare Creating Character Arcs to and why?
There are dozens of books on character building, but this book shows how your character faces the challenges in your story.
Have you listened to any of Sonja Field’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This is the first time I heard the voice of Sonja Field.
What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?
This book equipped me with the tools necessary to help my characters fulfill their purpose in my novels.
Any additional comments?
Before you publish your novel, read this book!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I'm so thankful for this book. The information was clear and understandable, there were a lot of examples and I loved the question at the end of each chapter. They made me think as I was listening and ultimately saved my novel from the trash folder (figuratively, I'd never actually toss it out permanently.)
There is a lot of repeated information from Structuring Your Novel, but I read this one first, and now that I have read that one I think this is ultimately the better book. I can't wait until the workbook is released.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
This and Weiland's book on story structure have been the most useful tools on writing I have yet to find.
Weiland lays it out clear as day. Knowing how to structure my story and characters has given me loads more confidence regardless if I am outlining or discovery writing.
I'm a beginner writer so I am unsure how useful this particular book would be to the more experienced. If anything I would recommend Weiland's books on story structure if one had to pick between the two.
Sonja Field does a great job with the narration and it feels like your hearing it read straight from the author.
Sometimes I feel like I'm listening to an automated voice the way she reads.
While there were some good ideas and some good advice in this book, the points that were made and many of the examples seemed contrived.
This book is a great listen for any Writer who wants to improve their craft.
very helpful much thanks I'll continue to listen for a better understand of story. awesome listen
Author KM Weiland has a way of distilling the art of storytelling down to the essentials in easily digestible bits. Any writer will benefit from the advice and structure presented in this guide.
When Welland goes to examples from such drivel as Marvel's The Mighty Thor and Pixar's Cars, it seems like a how-to-book for future pop culture creators or young studio execs who need to keep busy giving notes. Is the bar really this low?
What of Bogart's Rick in Casablanca? What about Julia Roberts as Erin Brockovic? Dustin Hoffman in the Graduate? There are hundreds of great examples from brilliant films, let's start at the top and work our way down to the kiddie section.
3 of 7 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book from K.M. Weiland and/or Sonja Field?
What do you think your next listen will be?
Would you be willing to try another one of Sonja Field’s performances?
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Creating Character Arcs?
All of them
Any additional comments?
This is a book for hacks, not for writers looking to pursue a serious expansion of their skills or craft. It is a base level, bullet point list of formulaic approaches to writing. If you want to write commercial fiction to sell in grocery store magazine racks, or are just starting out and don't know what a character arc is, this is a good place to start. If you understand the concepts of plot, character, and story structure, this title has nothing to offer you other than aggravation.
7 of 21 people found this review helpful
I was disappointed with this book and felt that it was covering the same points used in some of her other books. I chose to get an audio version of this book too, I felt the reading performance was below par for two reasons: 1. it was read much too fast, 2. it didn't feel like the reader had engaged with the factual content, and was just reading it to get through it, not to communicate with the listener. I've abandoned this audio book at 30% as I can't spend another 3 hours listening to this reader. I will probably dip into the kindle book for the rest of the content.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful