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Title: Story Arc
Post by: 2par on May 28, 2013, 10:50:49 PM
Can someone explain what a Story Arc is? I have only a perfunctory view.
Title: Re: Story Arc
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on May 28, 2013, 11:00:58 PM
I think this explains it better (and with fewer words) than I could.

Take a look:

http://www.dailywritingtips.com/how-to-structure-a-story-the-eight-point-arc/
Title: Re: Story Arc
Post by: 2par on May 28, 2013, 11:25:12 PM
Thank you so much Alice. As I was reading each of the 8 points, I imagined my stories and find that often I do this automatically and naturally, but not as strongly as could be.
Title: Re: Story Arc
Post by: Skip Slocum on May 29, 2013, 12:35:24 AM
I know your question has already been answered but here's what is posted in our glossary.

Story-Arc = Continuing storyline or a same set of characters placed in different situations separated by publications such as, comic strips, radio/television series, movie or book sequels.

http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=41276.0
Title: Re: Story Arc
Post by: 2par on May 29, 2013, 12:46:09 AM
Skip, I'm not sure I understand what that answer means?
Title: Re: Story Arc
Post by: Skip Slocum on May 29, 2013, 12:53:35 AM
A Story-Arc is a continuing adventure or new adventure taken on by a same set of characters from a previous book or television program. aka a new episode of your favorite program -- same characters put in a new situation.

Sometimes a program or book series will have an on going theme with an added focus on a shorter set of goals.
Title: Re: Story Arc
Post by: Skip Slocum on May 29, 2013, 12:56:31 AM
Here's a perfect example -- Harry Potter books.

All the same characters, new adventures on the short end of the story, as they march toward graduating the school of Hogwarts.
Title: Re: Story Arc
Post by: 2par on May 29, 2013, 12:58:44 AM
Oh, okay, Skip, that's sort of what I thought it meant...like a spin off or a sequel too.
Title: Re: Story Arc
Post by: Skip Slocum on May 29, 2013, 01:11:06 AM
Also within each book there is a story-arc from chapter one to 'The End'
Title: Re: Story Arc
Post by: 2par on May 29, 2013, 01:16:29 AM
Yes, within each sub-plot. I think I understand it now. The structure/form will probably disappear from my mind, but I think that since I already sort of instinctively follow through it now, I need to pay closer attention to that form in the future.
Title: Re: Story Arc
Post by: Skip Slocum on May 29, 2013, 01:18:28 AM
I am so glad I could help. Kind of a small payback for all the times folks here at the Circle helped me.  ;D
Title: Re: Story Arc
Post by: 2par on May 29, 2013, 01:27:31 AM
Yes, you and Alice and so many others have been so gracious. Even when I haven't been particularly interested in some things, I always pay attention to the comments and often come to the same conclusions of others. I think in a kind of shorthand, thus my writing takes on that kind of sparseness, so it's so refreshing to see that others use words in ways I would never think of. My son calls me a wannabe Hemingway.
Title: Re: Story Arc
Post by: thatollie on May 29, 2013, 06:30:29 AM
This article from TV Tropes and Idioms explains it well. Just ignore the phrase "video game" and replace it with "story" in the first paragraph.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/StoryArc
Title: Re: Story Arc
Post by: Skip Slocum on May 29, 2013, 08:53:45 AM
Shoot yeah, that makes it clear.
Title: Re: Story Arc
Post by: 2par on May 29, 2013, 01:09:24 PM
Thanks Sprockett, that was wildly interesting.  Yes, I definitely see the technicality now.
Title: Re: Story Arc
Post by: thatollie on May 29, 2013, 01:12:40 PM
A note: TV Tropes and Idioms is a labyrinth of information about storytelling and will ruin your life if you venture in too often.
Title: Re: Story Arc
Post by: 2par on May 29, 2013, 01:37:22 PM
Now you stop that, Sprockett. You must know how gullible I am.
Title: Re: Story Arc
Post by: thatollie on May 29, 2013, 02:20:16 PM
It's true. You can go round in circles reading their articles. Be warned.
Title: Re: Story Arc
Post by: 2par on May 29, 2013, 02:27:45 PM
Okay. I appreciate your looking out for me. Actually, I did take you seriously because I know that I have a tendency to overload on research. Once I reach the point where it's too much, I go further and then somehow it all seems to sink in and break down to something very simple.
For instance: One time, I was writing an article for a drug company's newspaper on a new drug they'd produced. They wanted to explain it to their workers, many of whom weren't scientists. So, I got all the material I could and after reading, it was really too much. So I showed it to a budding scientist I knew and she didn't understand any of it. But I'm a bull and charged ahead. Suddenly, the neurons in my brain just stopped jumping around and I began seeing it clearly. Turned out to be a really great article. 
After discovering this thing about myself, I realized that I could probably simplify most anything if I gave it enough attention.