How to show a character reacting to a dramatic moment – by Nathan Bransford…

When an important or dramatic moment happens to a character in a novel and you want it to land with power, it’s important to show their reaction. It helps the reader feel the events on the character’s behalf, and we learn a lot about the character based on how they react.

But sometimes writers flub these dramatic moments and they end up feeling flat or heavy-handed.

Before I get to some tips on how to handle dramatic moments for maximum effect, here’s what not to do.

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