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Story Arc?


I have heard this term "story arc" used to describe a work but just what is it? How do you plot it out? Is it time or scene related?

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I had to Google. It seems to be the overall plot of serials. In TV shows, each episode has its own plot, but those plots also fit into the overall story arc of the whole season. emoticon


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Yikes! That doesn't sound like a path for my TABA story if I want to have a sequel to the first one.

Aha! ]This article looks more promising.

Yikes again!!!! According to that article, I am only on step 3 in a 8 step process!

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Well.

Here's my suggestion: Stop reading this stuff immediately. emoticon

A story has a beginning, a middle and an end.

Beginning: Introducing the characters, state the challenge, get the adventure off to a start.

Middle: Adventure moves along, heroes grow, develop abilities, get to know their adversary (or fight among each other...), problems get worse.

End: The big problems finally come home to roost, and our heroes must rise to the challenge. Big showdown, heroes prove themselves (or whatever the challenge was about), final winddown of excitement.

This is the very, very basic stuff. Stories are supposed to gain a little more tension on every step leading to the showdown, but that line of tension can have ups and downs, as well. Readers sometimes need a little breather.

(You can actually slot the eight points of the article you linked into this basic idea.)

I hope that helps. Don't sweat this. Every story is fixable.

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