- Impossible Dilemmas
- Double Jeopardy
- The Black Moment
- The Point of No Return
- All Factors Culminate at Once
Today I will focus on “The Black Moment.”
The black moment is related to the impossible dilemma in that the character believes that the dilemma is truly impossible. All is lost. He cannot achieve the story’s overarching goal. His life’s mission is being cast into a pit of darkness.
This is the moment that the character reaches deep inside and accesses new strengths he has gained or lessons he has learned through the journey to this point. These give him the ability to go on. Earlier, he could not have done this, so his suffering and trials are proven to have a purpose. As he realizes this, he gains even more strength, perhaps perceiving that a higher power is guiding his steps. He can go on. He must go on.
With this newly gained fortitude, he brushes himself off and marches confidently toward the story’s ultimate conflict. He will need that bravado, because the worst is yet to come.
Such moments allow readers to commiserate with the character. Yes, he has suffered greatly and is rightfully near despair. Yet readers also urge him to drag himself out of the pit. “You can do it! Remember what’s at stake!” Then when he does, readers cheer for him all the more.
Do you have any black moments in a story you’re working on. If so, please tell me about one.
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