Thursday, December 18, 2008

Interesting Posts

A new blog is coming to town! Hosted by four fabulous writers, MuseTracks is going to cover all sorts of delicious writing tools, tips and probably gossip. LOL They just started so maybe you can pop over and check them out.

Interested in a manuscript critique? Story Sensei is offering a discount on full critiques. Camy Tang is a good author and very knowledgeable about the craft. Her synopsis class was also super helpful.

Then Susan Reinhardt has an interview with Linore Burkard. This author is especially interesting because she self-pubbed her first book and it was so good that a Harvest House editor asked to publish it. At least, that's what I've heard. :-)

Recently, I read a bestseller that, while interesting, contained no character arc for the heroine. NONE. Then I found this excellent post by Amy Deardon and thought you guys might be interested in reading it. She brings up popular characters who are also static. (unchanging)

What do you guys think? Do you agree? Have you read or watched anything lately in which the protagonist has NO character arc? If so, what do you think kept you interested in the story?

14 comments:

Kristen Painter said...

I'm off to run errands but I'm going to read Amy's post when I get back. Sounds interesting, thanks for sharing!

Terri Tiffany said...

I loved what Amy had to say!! Made me really think about my new characters. Thanks! And don't you LOVE our weather now??

Jessica said...

Hey Kristen,
It's nice to have you back from your trip. :-) Hope you're settling in okay. I thought Amy's article was interesting because I'd never thought of that before.

Jessica said...

Terri,
I do love the weather. It's gorgeous!

Sarah said...

Amy's post was great. I must say, I'll never be able to look at those three stories the same way again. I guess I never paid that close attention to the main characters.

That's interesting about Linore Burkard. I enjoyed Susan's interview, but I had no idea she self-published her first book before getting an offer from Harvest House. It must be good, because that almost never happens!

Julie said...

Hi Jessica! Thanks for your comment on my blog :) I think you make a great point about protagonists not really having a character arc. Sometimes I feel like the author is too focused on pushing the plot forward and they forget that without the character, there is no real story! Thanks so much for sharing the Musetracks blog, I will definitely have to check that out. :)

Jessica said...

Hi Sarah,
Yeah, Amy's post was intriguing. Definitely made me think about stuff.
About Linore, now I really want to read her book. It's just such a cool journey she had, that like you said, the book must be fabulous.

Jessica said...

Hi Julie,
Yeah, I try to remind myself because I think sometimes I leave my characters in the dust too. LOL
I'm really excited about MuseTracks. The people who started it are SO nice and very funny. I think they're going to post some great stuff. :-)

Susan Macatee said...

Hi, Jessica! Thanks for visiting my blog. Thought I'd return the favor. You have a really nice and informative blog. I don't recall reading anything where the characters didn't go through changes, but I mostly read romance and it seems to be essential for romance heroes and heroines to grow and change.

Jessica said...

Thank you Susan. :-) Yeah, most of the time authors do well with the arc. I guess that's why it's so weird to see a popular movie/book without one.

Irritable Mother said...

I don't even know what character arc is...Can you tell I'm not a novel writer??? *grin*
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Jessica said...

Thanks Karen! :-)
The character arc is just how the character grows during the story.

Janna Qualman said...

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Jessica said...

Hey Janna,
Thanks! I thought they were good too. :-)
LOL
Follow away, though I'm not sure I'll lead very well. Snort.