Random Writing Tip #12
I was thinking about this series that I didn’t end up finishing (I will not name it) but I wanted to share the biggest reason why I ditched it: The Main Character. See, in the first novel she went through a lot of horrible things and had massive trust issues but through her arc she was coming to learn how to confide in a select few and allow people to help her. It was a decent arc and it made me proud of her journey and how she was learning from her experiences. Then the second book just tossed it all out the window.
This is what I want to talk about. When working on a series I think it’s important to remember that character and plot arcs need to be continuous. Yeah, every book is probably going to have it’s own arc but as a series it should be continuous. It annoyed me that after everything the character had done she reverted right back to where she’d been at the beginning of the first book like nothing happened. She ended up irritating and like she was incapable of growth. Look, characters can revert and back track in their development but like…acknowledge that they learned something. Anyway, just be careful when writing series not to mess with the arcs that you’ve already created.