As we all know, Danita has an obsession with hooks. Well, I'm going to venture into my obsession- BM's or Black Moments.
I finished the first draft of my book last week after being stalled and stymied at my black moment. I wanted it heart and gut wrenching, but I couldn't get it to come out how I envisioned. And I tightened it up, added more sensory descriptions and more emotions and hope it plays out well for the reader.
Then this weekend while driving back and forth to Baker City I read Linda Lael Miller's "McKettrick's Luck". It is a contemporary western romance. It wasn't the most fantastic book I've ever read, but the characters wrapped around me and I am definitely going out to find the books about the other cousins.
What does this have to do with my BM obsession? There wasn't a wow knock your socks off black moment. I didn't grip the car seat and wonder how are they going to over come this, I didn't burst into tears with fear, regret, or happiness. The black moment came and went. I smiled and had a warm feeling envelope me at the end with the way things were wrapped up and happiness abound.
Nothing earth shattering happened and I still enjoyed the book and the characters and am willing to go on another journey with the characters in the next book. So, how important is it to have a knock your socks off black moment? Does it have to be earth shattering? Can it just be a conflict that comes to a head and is overcome without a ton of melodrama?
I'd like to hear your thoughts on this.