What is a story arc and why is it important?
A story arc is the episodes within a storyline; it is the narrative structure of a book or a story (or even a film, or a series of TV episodes). It is the rising and falling of tension, and the pacing and timbre of a plot. The tension should, in turn, force a shift in the behaviour of the characters and changes in their behaviour as they evolve and are changed by what happens to them.
Although an arc suggests a curve, most stories look more like a roller coaster…
The guide ushers us through rooms with a sweeping arm movement. You see a windmill. She points to a Rembrandt and a Picasso as though they are the same. Her crimson lipstick has left its mark on her upper tooth, reminds you of a girl you used to take salsa classes with, until she vanished.
Tourists behind are snapping pictures, pressing you forwards, reminds you of a Rolling Stones concert.
“No flash,” she says. “Stop.”
Her words pull away like birds vanishing into the eye of a storm. There is a final snap of a shutter release and she growls…