In fiction and screenwriting, there’s an important storytelling concept called the character arc.
Think back to any great book you’ve read or movie you’ve seen and ask yourself this: How did the main character change from the beginning of the story to the end?
Sometimes the change is subtle, sometimes it’s groundbreaking.
Think about Luke Skywalker. He starts out a whiney, spoiled kid and three movies later is an older-and-wiser Jedi master. Major character change happening there. Han Solo changes, too, from being a “me first” smuggler to a man with people and ideas he would die for.
And if you include Episodes 1–3 (which many true fans don’t), just LOOK at Vader’s character arc! WOAH NELLY.
Whatever you’re selling (life coaching, design services, toothbrushes), what you’re really selling is a transformation (a better life, better design, better teeth).
But if you don’t have clarity about the change you offer, how will your clients know what it is?
In order for you to help your readers along their path to change, you must be clear on what that change will be.
There are a couple of important steps you have to go through to figure this out:
I hear people complain sometimes that there isn’t enough to blog about, but I think the opposite is actually true—there are so many topics you could talk about, but how do you know which ones you should blog about?
Every time you come up with a new blog topic, ask yourself: Will this information help my customer achieve the change they want? (Or, the change you want them to achieve—they may not know what they want at first!)
Becoming what Darren Rowse calls a “prolific problem-solver” is your best strategy for finding topics that will keep you on track to helping your customers achieve that incredible transformation you’re offering.
Break down the steps of change and ask yourself if you’ve covered each step. Have you missed any? Could you cover any better?
And if you run out of ideas, ask! Who is the expert on what your customers need? Your customers, of course.
When you are constantly aware of the change you hope to inspire in the people you reach, they’ll be that much easier to inspire.
So tell me: What’s your client’s character arc?
Use this template to get you started:
My goal with my blog is to take [your ideal reader] from [starting point] to [incredible transformation] through [how you do that].
Give me your best character arc in the comments below!