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    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin saltylasagna's Avatar
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    Reverse Character Arc

    So I finally realized that if I want to really progress in my novel, I need to write out what the main characters arcs will be like. I've been brainstorming for the past few hours and I just came up with something that's either genius or absolutely awful.
    A reverse character arc.
    I'm not going to get into the specifics of the story, so I'll just say that the ending of it is extremely violent, and no sane person would walk out of the situation as a mentally stable person with good morals. Especially the main character, who is the target of the violence.
    However, I still love my characters, and I don't want them to decline throughout the whole story. I was thinking that I could have a normal, positive character arc throughout most of the series, until the main antagonist really starts to get crazy and the characters start to decline rapidly. I might include a prologue that shows how each of the characters have recovered years later, but I'm not entirely sure.
    What do you guys think?
    Last edited by saltylasagna; 05-22-2019 at 10:49 PM.

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