I had a couple emails from folks regarding how I track character arcs. Specifically about the extra notes I take chapter to chapter to track changes in character. I’ve talked about character arcs in the past here (use in self-editing) and here (what they are). I do have a standard template I work from and attach to chapters as I roll through.
Below is the one I mocked up a while ago. I just recently converted it to Flickr so you can click on the image below and print it out if you need it. It’s been formatted to fit a standard piece of printer paper (landscape) so you should have no trouble printing.
It’s pretty self explanatory as you look at it, so I won’t go into any great detail about how to use it. If you do have questions about it, don’t be afraid to leave a comment. I’m pretty good at getting back to people. I destroy trees at an alarming rate so I just print them off as I need them. This template would cover six chapters.
Today is a mercifully short post, but provides you a handy tool. If you can get your beta readers to use something like this – you win the prize. Until tomorrow, keep reading, keep writing, and as always – stay sharp!