While scrolling through Pinterest looking for more interesting ideas for my novel I found a picture of teenagers or young adults throwing snowballs at each other in the snow . Within that moment of seeing that picture I stopped and realized I don’t have any happy moments for my main characters in my work in progress werewolf novel . Oh man ! What can I do? What should I do? Am I in trouble ? Is this a mistake?
I never realized I was doing that and how important it is to place those moments in the novel especially right before a scene where – excuse my language, but where the shit hits the fan..
YES ! IAM undoubtedly sure there can be happy moments in a dark fantasy novel. But how do we write those moments ? Let’s explore this question…
We must remember as writers that our characters must be able to take a moment to breath . A moment to reflect. A moment to have fun. In novel writing they are called sequel scenes. As a screenwriter I know these scenes as quiet scenes. Mediative scenes that the character has after going through a traumatic experience or event .
But these quiet scenes don’t always have to follow that event . Like I said earlier these quiet scenes can happen right before shit hits the fan. Right before what seems like to be normality is soon to be disturbed.
These quiet moments can be practically anything down to simply making breakfast or having your character read a book.
So as the writer we should all considers how the characters rest and unwinds. By doing this it allows the reader to see another side of the characters and reveals new insights of the character. And who knows those reflective moments might be a happy one.
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WHAT IS THE HAPPY MOMENTS IN YOUR NOVEL?
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