character arc is the status of the character as a story unfolds. when you begin a story, a character has a certain kind of viewpoint & throughout the story that viewpoint changes. typically, character arc is the tumultuous path of personal growth a character undergoes where the character wrestles & eventually overcomes some serious emotional fear, limitation, block or wound.

while usually we like to see positive changes of character which gives us the happy ending, sometimes the changes are negative (or perhaps worse, no change), & in the land of writing, this would be titled a tragedy.

this challenges our story.

most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them. {thoreau}

i think it’s a brave person who engages in writing their story, altogether unsure of the ending.