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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…

FC Malby

F.C. Malby writes novels, short fiction and poetry. Her work has been widely published online and in print. fcmalby.com or @fcmalby Twitter and Instagram

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