By: Jamie Gold
If you’ve seen or used beat sheets before, you’ve probably noticed a beat that is often called the Black Moment. The Black Moment is usually one of the most emotional sections of a story, so it can be difficult to pull together.
It doesn’t help that different beat sheets will sometimes place the Black Moment in slightly different places in the story. Or that different story structure
systems use different names for the beat. A Black Moment plot point beat might
also be called Crisis, Second Plot Point, All Is Lost, or Break Into (Act)
Three. It’s enough to make us crazy and worry that we don’t know what we’re
But as I’ve mentioned before,
thenames of the beats don’t matter. No matter what we call them, our story
will have scenes or events that fulfill the Black Moment function: an
event that steals the protagonist’s hope for a solution
And if we read stories (or watch movies), we’ve seen this beat play out endless times, so we probably understand the plot point more than we may think. But let’s take a closer look and see if we can learn something new.
The Black Moment: The What
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