The art of arcs

I love stories with well-designed arcs of plot, when the tiniest of moments at the beginning of a story become the glue and the end that ties it all together. For example in the Disney movie, Tangled, Rapunzel has a dream to see the lanterns. We even find out bad guys have dreams. Dreams, dreams, dreams, it’s a reoccurring theme. At the end, the story is wrapped up in a perfect bow when Eugene, who saves Rapunzel by cutting off her hair says, “You were my new dream” before dying. Mmm…what a delicious arc.

As a writer that’s what I’m attempting to do every day—build threads of plot that will create one massive arc worth sighing over. Some days it’s easier said than done, but I love the process. It’s exciting to see an arc you’ve dreamed up take shape through the thousands of words you’ve typed on a page. Here’s to hoping one day I’ll be able to create an arc just as delicious as Tangled.

About janelleevans

I'm a sleep deprived mother of three. I create young adult novels from the voices in my head.
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