Negative Character Arc

The negative character arc tells the story of a character who ends up in a worse place than they were in the beginning.

Melinda Brack is a writer, and author of the new collection of coming of age short stories Don’t Go Near the Water.

A Jill of all trades, Melinda has spent her life skipping from industry-to-industry and job-to-job. She lost count of the number of jobs she’d had at around sixty.   In 2020 she decided to revisit writing and started writing shorts stories about coming of age in the Australian bush during the 1970s.

Melinda has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Writing from Deakin University.

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How to Write a Negative Character Arc, Pt. 1: The First Act

K.M. Weiland introduces the three manifestiaons of the negative character arc, and describes examples of each.

The Negative Change Arcs

K.M. Weiland breaks down the three manifestations of the negative character provides an analysis of an example of each.

Short Stories with a Negative Character Arc

  • The Lottery – Shirly Jackson

Great fiction is fueled by bad decisions and human weakness.

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Melinda Brack

Short Fiction | Personal Essays | Short Memoir

Thanks for the photo Muffin Prakittiphoom on Unsplash

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