Waddup Savi Crew!
Last week I wrote about worldbuilding and all it entails. If you missed it, feel free to check it out here. But this week I am so excited about my blog post as it features two of my favourite things: character arcs and Episode Choose Your Story.
For those who’ve never heard of Episode, it’s an interactive story app that allows you to create characters, settings and stories with forms of code and essentially you determine what happens to those characters and where the story goes.
You create the characters, dialogue, everything and there are loads of tutorials on the website and YouTube to get you started. I’ve been addicted to it since it came out and the specifics can take up an entire blog post of its own.
So, if you’re interested, check out the link: https://www.episodeinteractive.com/ or install the app. Oh, and for the record #nonsponsored—i.e., the typical disclaimer.
For today’s post I will be utilising the character aspect of the app to demonstrate character arcs. If you need to visualise your character, lack the artistic ability to bring them to life or lack the funds to pay someone who can then this is for you.
Episode has three versions: Classic, Ink and Limelight. I will be focusing on Limelight as it’s the most realistic of the three and while the app is still adding features as we speak, the ranges of complexions, hairstyles, etc. should be enough to get you started.
They even have blue and green shades for all you Sci-Fi and fantasy writers out there! You’re welcome. Now, enough blabbering, let’s get to the characters arcs. I’m gonna be using my own Episode story as an example because I have no intention of turning it into a novel—the story is basic enough to get my point across but if the idea is stolen it’s no big deal (unlike my WIP for NaNoWriMo where I might stray into spoiler territory, you get it).
My example is Manhattan Prep, a story about a brainy London transfer who must attend a New York boarding school on a scholarship and is forced to tutor the rich and popular playboy jock. I told you, not the most original story you’ve heard.
Meet the main character, Kate Bishop.
She is an intelligent freshman and soft-spoken teen from England who lives with her father and older brother (her mother died when she was five). She is an aspiring writer who likes to document her daily activities in her journal. She is the smartest of the girls and the problem solver of the group. She is an avid animal lover and strict vegan. Her favourite colour is blue.
Kate starts the story eager to shed her “Brainy Bishop” nickname and image. She is determined to not be seen as smart, trying to blend into the background. However, when the Literature teacher assigns her tutor to the most popular guy in school, Kate’s true persona is exposed. She will learn that being smart is nothing to be ashamed of but rather something to be proud of and celebrated.
Meet the love interest, Dario Kingsley.
Dario lives with his mother and father on his grandfather’s property, Kingsley Manor. His family is originally from England and he is the lone heir to real estate royalty but would rather play football. He is a popular freshman jock and Logan’s best friend. Although a bit of a playboy, he falls for Kate when she must tutor him in English Literature. His favourite colour is black.
Dario starts the story popular and misunderstood. The son of a prominent real estate developer and a third generation football star, he has no interest in inheriting Kingsley Manor when he graduates from Manhattan Prep. However, when the Literature teacher assigns him the new girl as his tutor, Dario sees the value in knowledge and being responsible. He will learn that looks aren’t’ everything and that he has way more potential than he thought.
Just remember with character arcs, you never want flat, simple characters unless it’s the background characters. Main characters should be dynamic—even in a series. If the characters are too static it can leave readers asking, “What was the point of this book?” Anyways, I’m rambling again which means it’s time to sign off… Toodles for now.
And remember, no matter where you live, take a little time to enjoy the island life!