To do some 'research' for this post, I rifled through some of my writing files. Those well-tumbed through folders with labels like: plot, scenes, chatacters, setting, etc.
I found several notations about the black moment. Over the years I have heard it described and defined in many ways:
The conflict explodes. The hero and heroine are boxed in. The conflict appears to be unsolvable and they can't make it work.
Period of Misery.
The black moment must be logical to your plot and your story. It must grow naturally out of the actions that preceded it, which in turn must have grown naturally out of the characters' personalities. It can't depend on some outside force like a random accident. Don't rely on coincidence. It must deliver an appropriate level of emotion.
The ultimate test. The plot at this point represents an irrevocable decision.
A logical, yet unanticipated development that throws your focal character for a loss.
And one that has always stood out and I've remembered...
What your heroine feared most has happened, and the hero did it to her.
Once again, a great topic this week, ladies.
Until next time,