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.
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.