I was recently fortunate to attend a 3 Day Feature Script Development Workshop presented by internationally recognised consultants Simon van der Borgh and Jonathon Rawlinson. They were very giving with advice and individual encouragement.
I learned every movie should have an anagnoretic moment – a moment that moves the audience and creates total empathy with the main character and we connect.
Eg. In the movie The Others it is the moment towards the end of the movie on the stairs, when Nicole Kidman hugs her children and is reunited emotionally with her daughter before they face the unknown together.
It got me thinking. If movies have it, why can’t books? Why can’t we, as romance writers embrace the anagnoretic moment and make sure every manuscript we write has one? Sure, you can have several moments that lead up to it, but the anagnoretic moment should be very clear.
I’m now aiming to have this moment in everything I write. I believe it will strengthen my stories and add a dimension that may have been lacking.
I encourage you to ask yourself the same question with your work once you have finished it – What’s your anagnoretic moment? If you can’t figure out which one it is, it isn’t strong enough. Make it one to remember.