The Character Evolution Files, No. 1: What is Character Evolution, and Why Is It Important?

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Welcome to the Character Evolution Files! This monthly column focuses on character arcs, from the elements that create or enhance a character’s inner journey, to techniques that writers can employ to strengthen character arcs in their own work. Today we kick things off with File 01, which explores two important questions: “What is character evolution?” and “Why is it important?” 

So many elements comprise the art of novel-writing: plot, voice, setting, characters… The list goes on, and it’s impossible to say that one element is more crucial than the other. However, when I think back on some of my favorite stories of all time, many share one common element: a clear character arc. Perhaps the protagonist grows as a result of his journey, or he learns something because of his endeavors. Either way, he’s not the same person at the end of the novel that he was in Chapter 1. This kind of evolution can create a truly memorable story that sticks with readers long after they finish it.

So, what exactly is “character evolution”? What launches a character arc? And, why is it important to begin with? Before we dive too deep, let’s define our terms and ensure we have a solid foundation for building this series.

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Final Trailer for “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”

I couldn’t resist. The final Hobbit film trailer was released yesterday, and since it’s the film I’ve been looking forward to most this year… well, I’m going to be brief in my fangirliness:

It’s so darkly, epicly (or epically?), heartbreakingly AWESOME. Makes me so excited for what’s in store and seeing it all play out. Can’t wait for December 17th! 😀

What do you think of the trailer? Are you planning to see the final Hobbit film next month?