Creating a black moment for your character is key to the overall success of your story. The black moment is that dark moment at the end of the story when it feels that all is lost and your character will fail. Without it your story will fall flat.
We know that we need it, but how do we make it stand out and tug at reader’s hearts? Three tips I learned at My Book Therapy help me to create this part of my story. You can try them too.
3 Tips To Creating A Black Moment For Your Character:
1. Identify your character’s lie they believe in the story. What is the worst moment in your character’s past that formulated a lie they believe. identify what change the hero or heroine will undergo during the story. What their journey will be focused around.
2. Ask what is the worst thing that can happen to your character and make it happen. This is usually the moment when the lie feels more real than ever.
3. Add depth to this moment with a impression of their worst moment in the past weaved into the present black moment. This is the added final straw for your character and what makes it seem impossible to overcome.
Let’s identify these 3 in a well-known movie:
Empire Strikes Back
At the beginning of the movie Luke Skywalker is headed to find Yoda and train to become a Jedi. He is impulsive and impatient.
Lie: He will join the dark side if he faces Darth Vader or die like his father. (remember his face in the training inside of Darth Vader’s Mask?)
Worst thing that could happen: He would fall to the dark-side or face Darth Vader and lose. (It happens and he loses his hand just like his father did.)
Deepen it with shadow of the past: At the end of this movie he is defeated by Darth Vader and discovers his father is the face behind the mask. He even loses his hand just like his father had.
There are just some black moments in movies that really stand out. One recent movie that I love the black moment on is 27 dresses. Here the heroine sits in the middle of a pile of brides maid dresses and realizes she will never be a bride. Her perfectly spun dream will never come true.
What is your favorite Black Moment In A Movie?