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One way to achieve change and pique your readers' interest is by providing a character arc, and offering hints or reasons for how it was achieved.
Note the holes and cracks in the arc in the front of the above picture. Then check the arc by the window in the same picture. One has flaws, the other appears perfect.
Not everyone is perfect. Your job as an author is to make sure your characters have flaws, and show how they can or cannot overcome them.
Here are two characters who could be works in progress if they were in a book.
One is Miley Cyrus. If you were writing about her story, you'd depict how and why she evolved from the Hannah Montana nice girl of the Disney Channel to that of the infamous twerker at the MTV VMA's award show.
Was she secretly wild all the time, or did she make a conscious decision to get noticed and in the process change her image from that of a child to a wild woman? Was her famous father, Billy Ray Cyrus, approving or shocked by her behavior? Or, perhaps the behind-the-scenes instigator? All sorts of possibilities exist to explain the evolution, also, consequences down the line.
Another example is Justin Bieber, who was allegedly speeding a Lamborghini in Miami Beach, Florida on January 23 while allegedly driving under the influence. Is this the case of a sweet young man whose fame went to his head? Or, merely that of a person under immense pressure finding it necessary to let off steam?
Countless other possibilities can be woven into a story about him. If you were writing a mystery, he could be an upstanding entertainer whose soft drink was secretly spiked by a jealous rival, resulting in Justin's erratic behavior.
These are a few examples taken from recent headlines. Can you think of others? Or maybe you'd like to provide an example of a different type of arc from yours or someone else's book.
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