3 Tips To Creating A Black Moment For Your Character

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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?





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 “3 Tips To Creating A Black Moment For Your Character

  1. Great information! And I like that you provided an example. My example would come from The Patriot when the older son dies and the father feels responsible.

  2. cjoy says:

    The Proposal (b/c I watched that lat night and it’s fresh on my mind)…
    When Margaret admits the truth to all the guests at the wedding and leaves Drew–crushed–at the alter. And she’s already gone so he has to chase her cross-country and stop her before she is deported.

  3. Rachel Britz says:

    The timing for this is perfect as I head into the “Black Moment” in my own story. One movie that sticks out to me is Far and Away when Kidman risks everything by leaving behind her families vision for her legacy. She chooses Cruse who moments later, in the epic land battle, seemingly dies in her arms. =)

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