Character Change: How Lisa Unger does it

We're looking at the Inner Journey this week.  Here's the inner journey (to my eyes and ears anyway) of the main character, Ian Paine, in Lisa Unger's Crazy Love You (336 pages). Spoiler Alert.  And Long Post Alert. Crazy Love You is about Ian, a 30-something graphic novelist who writes Fatboy and Priss, heavily based on … Continue reading Character Change: How Lisa Unger does it

Character Change: The Inner Journey, Part 2 — A Master Outline

We're looking at the Inner Journey this week (Part 1 here), and today we're looking at the structure of the character arc over the course of a story. In general, a story has four Parts with key Points happening between each Part (more on this next week when we get to the outer journey).  The following … Continue reading Character Change: The Inner Journey, Part 2 — A Master Outline

Character Change: The Inner Journey, Part 1

Updated 2.5.20 Other names for the character's inner journey include character arc, character change, character transformation, ritual pain, and range of change. CHARACTER ARC: WHAT IS IT? "Character change, also known as character arc, character development, or character range of change, refers to the development of a character over the course of the story," says … Continue reading Character Change: The Inner Journey, Part 1