Posted on 06/10/2022 at 03:29 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Authors have a tongue-in-cheek bad reputation when it comes to their treatment of main characters.

But suffering does, as it turns out, build character — or, rather, a character arc.

Steven James, in Story Trumps Structure, declares that the three key types of fictional struggles are internal questions, external challenges, and interpersonal relationships.

David Corbett explains these three struggles and takes them a step further.

In his opinion, the interdependence of these three types of struggles is what best drives a character arc in a novel.

Head to Writer Unboxed for his explanation of how the three levels of dramatic action can and should weave together.

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