Brainstorming An Aww Moment For Your Character

Photo by Caesantana

Photo by Caesantana

Do you have a moment you dread, but never admit to anyone? Maybe it is something that reminds you of a past hurt. These are the perfect opportunity to create an aww moment for your character.

By flipping a dreaded moment into a sweet memory you can create something beautiful.

One of my favorite examples is in the movie While You Were Sleeping.

At the beginning of the movie we see Lucy missing her father and keeping an empty passport that she never gets stamped. That empty passport is sad for her because it represents all of the dreams she never fulfilled.

In strolls Jack with the perfect romantic thing to do, making sure her passport was stamped.

What about your characters? Do they have sad memories that could be turned into something sweet?

Brainstorming An Aww Moment For Your Character:

1. Make a list of things your character dislikes, a dark moment in their past, or something that brings out negative feelings for them.

What is special about this episode clip from While You Were Sleeping is that it is one of her deeper wounds we see in the beginning of the story. Rachel Hauck taught the emotional tug book ends can provide in your story and this is a perfect example.

2. Select a few of these and flip them to the positive. For example, I disliked getting the mail before I met my husband because of a negative experience I had. My husband left roses in my mailbox. This softened my heart toward him and created the warm fuzzy moments of romance on our journey.

3. Add the extra brush stroke. During the movie clip we see them leave on a train at the end. That is the extra sweetness that makes us sigh.

What is your favorite aww moment in a movie or book?


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.

4 thoughts on “Brainstorming An Aww Moment For Your Character

  1. Gail Helgeson says:

    You are so helpful Michelle. You have a gift! This helps me with my character! Thanks! See you Sunday! Blessings…

  2. Great post. I love the aww moments in books and movies.

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