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  • A Fiction Writer's Guide to Masterful Character Creation (Growing Authors Out of Writers)
  • By: John S. Warner
  • Narrated by: Angus Freathy
  • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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The Secrets to Creating Character Arcs

By: John S. Warner
Narrated by: Angus Freathy
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Summary

Transform your story with a character your readers will remember long after they’ve turned the last page

When you think of unforgettable characters from books you’ve read, who comes to mind? James Bond, Harry Potter, Scarlett O’Hara, Elizabeth Bennett, Atticus Finch, Sherlock Holmes? These are just some of the most iconic characters in fiction. They are so memorable that even decades or centuries later, they still captivate our imagination. But what exactly is it about them that keeps generations so invested in them?

Despite their vast differences in age, gender, nationality, occupation, and personality, each of them has a special quality that makes us want to know them more. 

Whether it’s James Bond’s suave demeanor, Scarlett O’Hara’s haughty vulnerability, or Atticus Finch’s righteousness, we’re hooked. 

Do you want to know how you, too, can create your own unforgettable characters that your readers will be dying to read about?

Yes, it’s rare to write such timeless characters—even some best-selling authors don’t have widely recognizable protagonists.

However, it’s entirely possible to write characters that resonate strongly with your readers—and get them hooked on your story—no matter how new you are to the game. 

Writers apply certain rules and tricks with their characters to make their stories shine and keep their audience engrossed. 

And with this guide, you’ll find out exactly what they are. 

In The Secrets to Creating Character Arcs, here is just a fraction of what you will discover:

  • How your characters can make or break your story—and what you can do to make your characters more compelling
  • Ten simple tricks to add more excitement to your plot without veering away from your main story
  • How to take advantage of plot and structure to help develop your protagonist’s journey
  • The worst thing you can do for your character that will immediately make them unappealing and uninteresting
  • How to make your readers relate to— and root for—an unlikable character
  • A fun yet insightful exercise in character-building that can help you make sure all your characters have their own unique individual personalities
  • Two letters that will speed up your writing process without sacrificing quality

And much more.

Writing your first story (or your latest one) can be intimidating. The stakes seem to be higher when writing down words rather than just saying them out loud.

But remember that you’re allowed to make mistakes, change things up, delete, and add to your story however many times you need to. 

Plus, with the techniques from this guide at your disposal, you can approach your writing with more confidence.

Sometimes, all you need to do is get started…and the ideas will just keep flowing from there.

If you want to take your stories to the next level, then scroll up and click the “Add to Cart” button right now.

©2022 John S. Warner (P)2022 John S. Warner

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Great book!

As an aspiring writer myself, I was like everyone else with a goal to publish her own fiction book. I already figured out the names, the location and the plot. However, after all of the preparedness that I did, no progress was made. I guess you could say that I was unsure of how the event and situations mold each character. Luckily, I have found this book!!! It provided VALUABLE advice on how we bring life to our characters. Highly recommend!

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Good on multiple levels

This was excellent to listen to on two levels. Number one, it obviously gives you a great foundation for telling stories (I run a video production agency) but more importantly, it gave me a load of ideas and inspiration on how to do the marketing for my business!

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A masterful author. Superb.

This book iş superb. It has all the useful information, needed for the fictional writer to integrate all the vast array of tools needed to help the writer to master his craft and skilfully ,produce his or hers,new fictional masterpiece. Well done! John S. Warner. Thanks for this incredible book. Thanks, Stephen Beal.

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Great ideas all in one place

Just the ticket I needed in my own writing journey as an author. So helpful and easy to follow. Is has been a real voyage of discovery. I know everyone thinks they have one book in them but saying it and doing it are two very different things. Putting this knowledge into my writing has already changed it for the better and in creating well-rounded characters too. Thanks for putting this together for budding and experienced writers alike!

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  • 10-11-22

Shallow dive even too basic for a beginning writer

Whereas John Truby, Robert McKee, and Matt Bird seem to have toiled for years on their writing tomes, this book seems to have been written in a weekend. The content is the most surface level one could imagine and is of less value than reading some mediocre-level writing blog posts. Nothing new here and nothing original. I think it is too basic for even beginning writers.

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  • Damian Reyes
  • 31-10-22

This Is Crucial!

This could not have been a better experience, thank you so much and I look forward to more!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-07-22

Excellent

This book is exactly what I needed before starting my book. Everything you need to know before starting a book is presented in a very understandable way. I highly recommend this to anyone wanting to write a story.

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  • VICTOR N.
  • 15-07-22

creating characters as a new writer

I just started my writing career, I have a lot of practicing to do especially when it comes to creating characters that are interesting to my readers. With the 10 tricks to add excitement, fun exercises to create personalities, and all the help to create an exciting plot I've learned so much from just this book. The author is comforting even to my un avoidable mistakes and reminds that its ok to just change things until its my perfect story. The techniques shared here will surely get me to next level character arcing! Great narration as well.

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  • alberto
  • 11-07-22

Highly recommended 👌 👍

If you want to write a story, you must buy this book. it's full of knowledge. The information and the structure is very clear. It reminded me my teaching years when I was trying to teach writing to my students. I wish I would have found it back then.

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  • Jacob Alinsky
  • 11-07-22

I now understand

This book needs to be in anyone's arsenal to create rock solid stories. the author goes into a lot of best practices. I can definitely see some of the flaws stated in the book and will help creat a better story.

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  • hudlocke
  • 06-07-22

Really thorough and massively helpful

I love how the author takes characters we know and love, and pulls them apart. You can see all of the work that went into making them iconic. And, I'm going to steal as much of that as I can. lol. By that I mean, I will use all of these techniques to make my writing stronger. What a spectacular analysis. Also, the narrator is fantastic.

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  • Jason S. Wrench
  • 27-05-22

Short, Sweet, and to the Point

I was given the opportunity to listen to John S. Warner's audio book The Secrets to Creating Character Arcs: A Fiction Writer's Guide to Masterful Character Creation (Growing Authors Out of Writers). I want to thank the author/publisher for the opportunity to listen to and review this book. However, the follow review is not influenced by their generosity.

As a published author, I've listed to a lot of craft books. As a general whole, this book really doesn't provide anything new to the actual conversation of writing craft. I also found this book less about creating character acrs than it was a general book about writing. If you're looking for a book that's a deep dive into character and character arcs, this is not going to enhance your skills set. If you are an advanced novelist who has read a ton of craft books, this book is probably not for you either.

So, you may be wondering why I rated it high based on my previous paragraph. Here's why. I think the book is a short, sweet book that gets to the basics of narrative form and how to craft a story. I wish I had read this book years ago when I was first starting out as a novelist because it would have saved me a lot of time. So, is this book for advanced writers? Not at all. Would I recommend this book for someone just starting out as a writer? Most definitely.

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  • Dossie M.
  • 21-05-22

Invaluable, commonsense techniques and suggestions

I listened to the narration of the book in one setting. The author stresses a writer must have a clear understanding of the connection between the plot, the structure and the characters to be successful.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-05-22

Good explanation of writing character development

Not just character arc, but also good explanation of overall story development and how it all works together.