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?