on Fiction University:
I’ll let you in on a secret: readers want your character to change.
They know, deep down, that your character is unhappy with the status quo at the beginning of your book. Something is terribly wrong in your character’s life, and things can’t keep going on this way. Something’s got to give. Readers fervently hope that your character will rise to the challenge and become a better, happier person.
In other words, what your readers want is a character arc. But how do you create one? Believe it or not, there is an easy way. Here’s how to create an arc in any story.