Monthly Archives: January 2015

The 8 Steps of the Character Growth Arc

For easy reference, here are the eight steps of the character growth arc (from my workshop, Dynamic Characterization: A No-Inspiration Required System for Creating Unforgettable Characters).

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Editing for Romance Writers: How to Map Out the Relationship Arc

I’m guest-blogging today at Fiction Blueprints about editing for romance writers, demonstrating a technique for mapping out the relationship arc:

http://tinyurl.com/mtp5ul2

This is a quick-and-dirty way to figure out if there’s enough variation in your character’s relationship as it develops and to identify sections of story where it feels like the arc isn’t progressing.

Hint:  you don’t have to wait for edits to do this, either. You can use it on your plot outline to test the romance arc before you write the story.

See you there!

Do You Have a System for Getting Unstuck?

Last week, we talked about how systems make it more likely that you’ll achieve your goal.  Today I’d like to talk about creating systems for overcoming the obstacles that we all hit at one point or another.

In other words, systems for getting unstuck.

Because we all work a little bit differently, one size doesn’t fit all here.  What helps me might not help you.  The first step in creating your “unblocking” system is to take a few minutes to think about how you’ve written in the past. Continue reading