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Plotting Along for the Ride: Create a Story Arc

Today's Card: Queen of Pentacles (rev.) ~*~ March 22, 81st day of 2023 ~*~ Today's Color: Yellow


Creating a story arc is essential to crafting a compelling narrative that keeps readers engaged from beginning to end. A good story arc should be structured in a way that takes the reader on a journey, introducing them to the characters, setting up conflicts, and ultimately leading to a satisfying resolution to the central conflict.

The beginning of the story arc sets the stage for what's to come. It should introduce the reader to the characters and the world they inhabit. This is where the reader learns what the story is about and what the central conflict is. The beginning should also establish the tone and mood of the story, giving the reader a sense of what to expect.

The middle of the story arc is where the conflict is developed. This is where the tension and stakes are raised, and the reader becomes invested in what happens next. The middle should include a series of setbacks and challenges that the main character(s) must overcome in order to achieve their goal. These challenges can be both external and internal, such as a physical obstacle or a character flaw that needs to be overcome.

The end of the story arc is where the conflict is resolved. This is where the main character(s) achieve their goal, or come to terms with the fact that they will not achieve it. The resolution should be satisfying and tie up any loose ends. This is also where the character(s) learn any important lessons or undergo any personal growth.

It's important to note that the story arc doesn't have to be linear. It's okay to have flashbacks or jump forwards in time if it serves the narrative. However, it's important to maintain a clear sense of direction and purpose throughout the story. Each event should serve a purpose and move the story forward.

In addition to having a clear beginning, middle, and end, a good story arc should also have a well-defined protagonist. The protagonist should be relatable and have a clear goal that they are working towards. The reader should root for the protagonist and care about what happens to them.

In order to create a story arc, it's helpful to start with an outline. This can be as detailed or as loose as you want it to be, but having a roadmap can help keep you on track. Identify the key events that will take place in your story and figure out how they fit into the overall structure.

Creating a story arc is essential to crafting a compelling narrative. A good story arc should have a clear beginning, middle, and end, and take the reader on a journey. It should introduce the characters and conflict, develop the conflict through a series of setbacks and challenges, and ultimately lead to a satisfying resolution. With a well-defined protagonist and a clear sense of purpose, a strong story arc can captivate readers and keep them engaged from beginning to end.

While you're here, you can check out how the story arc is developed in the romantic thriller serial "Fire in the Mountains". The Kindle Vella story has a new episode released every Friday! Keep up with Callie, John, and the ongoing trouble in Rocky Gap.


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