4 Tips To Add Impact To A Peaceful Moment In Your Story

Photo by Krappweis

Photo by Krappweis

Peace. What’s that? It is that occasional moment where our character is at rest before all chaos breaks loose. Every now and then we need a scene where our character is reflective or sitting with their love on a porch swing ready to embrace their future.

Of course this moment won’t last, after all, a scene must end with a new or unsolved problem. But sometimes we can find beauty in the contrast within a scene.

It is in this contrast before the chaos that we find a peaceful moment in a story. So how can you create this peaceful moment with a richness that shows contrast?

4 Tips To Add Impact To A Peaceful Moment:

*Close your eyes and listen to a peaceful selection of music, writing down what you imagine happening with your characters in the scene of the music. Pay special attention the flowing motion of your words, creating a smoothness of thought and feeling on the page. Use this smoothness to write the actions as fluid motion.

An example of a peaceful selection of music is:

*Write a sensory notation for each of the five senses that you could incorporate into your peaceful moment. 

For example:

Smell- Of cherry blossoms

Taste- Of cool lemonade on a hot summer evening

Sight- Of the willow tree that sways gently in the breeze

Sound- Of crickets chirping in the tall grass

Touch- Of the smooth wood of the porch swing

*Connect a memory of a peaceful moment in the past. What happened in your character’s history that this peaceful moment reminds them of. Add that into your scene.

For example, your character might remember fishing with their Grandpa on a glasstop lake.

*Identify an object in the setting that personifies that sense of peace. A snowflake that drifts to the ground without a care in the world. A tree that reaches toward the sky, its outline golden with the sunset. A deer feeding in the green grass of an open field. You get the picture.

What is your favorite peaceful place?

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About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

12 thoughts on “4 Tips To Add Impact To A Peaceful Moment In Your Story

  1. Ashes says:

    My peaceful place? Wherever books are! 🙂

  2. My favourite peaceful place? An island on the West Coast, just northwest of Vancouver, where there is a church camp that goes back 90 or so years. I grew up in the inner city, and would go there once a year. To go from car horns, barking dogs and people yelling…to eagles calling out to their mates, waves tapping the wharf, the ping-ping of masts and rigging and the sound of God saying “This is my hand, come and rest”.
    Pure heaven.

  3. Watching a sunrise or sunset, sitting under the starry night sky…Pickwick Lake…

  4. Diane Turner says:

    Perched on a rock overlooking a deserted beach, waiting for impending rain, and listening to the discomfort of the sea. Ah…

  5. I love the Mississippi River…and my characters usually have their peaceful moments at the river, as well. Never really put the two together before now. 🙂

  6. Ruth says:

    My peaceful place (in AZ) is on top of North Mountain listening to the wind. My second peaceful place will be on a beach in Maui. 🙂

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