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What Character Arc Really Means – Narrative First


This is an excellent article that discusses how some characters are considered to be steadfast. Not all characters have to change… ❤

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Colleen Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is a writer of cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Her debut novel, a YA fantasy series called, “The Heart Stone Chronicles - The Swamp Fairy,” was published January 2017.

The book reveals the story of Abby Forrester, a 14-year-old orphaned girl who is entrusted with saving a community of fairy nymphs from certain ecological destruction. Along the way, Abby learns about friendship, love, and what it means to actually belong to a family.

Colleen’s writing explores ecological situations in the multicultural world of today. She combines real-life historical events into her writing to create experiences that will continue in the hearts and heads of her readers.

A veteran of the United States Air Force, Colleen is also a retired bookkeeper. She has an Associates Degree in Business Administration, and another Associates Degree in the Arts, which she uses to combine her love of writing with her passion for all things creative.

When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs, children, and grandchildren. When time permits, she also loves gardening, cooking, and crocheting old fashioned doilies into works of artistry.

She lives in the United States with her husband and her two Pomeranians, Sugar, and Spice. You can learn more about Colleen and her writing on her website

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  1. Great question. Although I don’t think that realization necessarily means change. This article had much more to do with the thought process of the hero’s journey. Everyone always says your character MUST change and somehow earn the change. I kind of like the idea that the character was on the right path all along. That would tell me there really is no change and they remain steadfast in the journey they have already undertaken. Great food for thought don’t you think?

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  2. Glad everyone likes the article! If you want to see a great video I put together of Steadfast Main Characters, you can find it here:

    In regards to the question about the “character that undergoes the transformation of realization” it depends on what you mean by realization. If you mean a realization followed by change in approach then no, that would apply to a Changed Main Character.

    If instead you mean to say the Main Character comes to a point of realization as to what has been driving them and must then decide to either Change their approach or Remain Steadfast then yes, this applies to the Main Character.

    One of the purposes of narrative is to show us how we can become blinded to our own justifications when it comes time to solve problems. The process of a story tears down those blinders until the Main Character is finally able to see the difference between their *real* problem and what they thought was their problem. Until that moment of climax they’re simply addressing the Symptoms of their problems, rather than what is really driving them to do the things they do. That moment of realization you speak of could be that moment when they have to decide one way or the other: continue responding to the symptoms and renew their resolve (Steadfast), or address the Problem directly and try something new (Changed).

    If you want to learn more about this story point known as the Main Character’s Resolve then check this series of articles out:

    If you have any other questions feel free to contact me on my site and thanks again for the kind words…have fun writing!

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