Creating A Rocky Balboa Moment In Your Novel

Isn’t this one of the most remembered moments on film? I loved watching these movies when I was in High School!

As Rocky climbed these stairs we were excited for him. We believed that he could do anything, after all he mastered the stairs.

Who would have thought training for a boxing match could be such a high moment? Still, in the Rocky movies they manage to pull this seemingly mundane activity off to be extraordinary.

3 Tips To Add A Rocky Balboa Moment In Your Novel:

*Create an insurmountable task to the average person. The idea of doing that kind of training is daunting for most of us. It is even daunting for Rocky at the beginning of the training session. We see how hard it is for him, we know how hard it might be for us, and we admire the courage.

*Show the struggle to achieve the excellence required to overcome. The first time in the video, Rocky doesn’t just run up the stairs. They show how hard he works to do this difficult task. The sweat and tears involved in finding success.

*Showcase the moment of success in an arena of greatness. Here we see the run up the stairs and the magnificent view as he raises his hands in the air in triumph. The scene is set up to show greatness. If this same scene occurred in a alley and he ran up the stairs of an old warehouse it would not feel the same.

Writing a book we don’t have the leisure of music or a picture to show our readers what we are thinking. We must paint out setting in words, give our character an insurmountable challenge, and show their struggle as they work toward their goal.

Notice that this is a small portion of the movie that leads up to the great fight. It is Rocky’s fight against himself to be strong enough for the great fight. It feels almost like a mini clip of the larger boxing match’s challenge. My Book Therapy has tips on this strategy that helped me along the way.

What did you think of the Rocky movies? What is your favorite part?


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.

6 thoughts on “Creating A Rocky Balboa Moment In Your Novel

  1. I think I watched the first one…left the movie theater thinking I could overcome anything. I want to write like that!

  2. dtopliff says:

    Very helpful pertinent comments to a book I’m tightening up right now. Thanks.

  3. dtopliff says:

    Great post (as I commented). Sorry I can’t come to mtg. Sun. We did find my former husband/sons’ dad. He is very ill, needed help, wouldn’t ask anyone. Younger son is there now. Older son & grandkids & I leave tomorrow so will be away. Blessings & keep up the good work, Delores


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