need to change as the novel progresses. Everyone knows that, yet it may be easier
said than done. This method for tracking character arcs was presented by Kay
Grimnes at our last critique group meeting.
Write on a
3x5 card the emotional or mental starting place of the main character. Note the
scene/dialog/action that demonstrates the character’s mindset.
On the next
3x5 card, write the main character’s first emotional shift and the evidence for
with 3x5 cards to document how the character changes as the novel progresses.
all the main characters and some of the minor ones.
If you can’t
do this, the novel needs some rethinking.
I plan to
try this later in the week, complete with color-coding by character.