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Offline 2par

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Story Arc
« on: May 28, 2013, 10:50:49 PM »
Can someone explain what a Story Arc is? I have only a perfunctory view.

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Re: Story Arc
« Reply #1 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/
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Re: Story Arc
« Reply #2 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.
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Re: Story Arc
« Reply #3 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

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Re: Story Arc
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2013, 12:46:09 AM »
Skip, I'm not sure I understand what that answer means?

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Re: Story Arc
« Reply #5 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.

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Re: Story Arc
« Reply #6 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.

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Re: Story Arc
« Reply #7 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.

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Re: Story Arc
« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2013, 01:11:06 AM »
Also within each book there is a story-arc from chapter one to 'The End'

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Re: Story Arc
« Reply #9 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.

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Re: Story Arc
« Reply #10 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

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Re: Story Arc
« Reply #11 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.

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Re: Story Arc
« Reply #12 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
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Re: Story Arc
« Reply #13 on: May 29, 2013, 08:53:45 AM »
Shoot yeah, that makes it clear.

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Re: Story Arc
« Reply #14 on: May 29, 2013, 01:09:24 PM »
Thanks Sprockett, that was wildly interesting.  Yes, I definitely see the technicality now.