How to get to an epiphany in writing.
One way to discover an epiphany:
Start with: The problem began with wanting something.
I wanted . . .
I wanted it because (back story) . . .
To get it, I . . . (action)
However, something got in my way: (there may be several actions/reactions/sequences that got in the way) . . .
I had to try something different, so I . . .
At the time I was thinking that . . .
The turning point came when . . .
When that happened, I realized . . .
Resolution: After that I . . .
Another way to get to an epiphany:
Write about a pivotal event in your life. Something happened and you weren’t the same after. Narrow it down to the exact moment and location where it took place. It could be something wonderful or something painful. It could be funny, sad, heartbreaking or touching. Ideally, it’s a moment that changed your life. It changed how you live your life, how you view life.
If it comes
from your childhood. . . how has it formed you as an adult?
If it happened after you became an adult, how has it changed your life?
To get to the epiphany, drill down to the fine-tuning details of what happened that changed you. Be specific: Where, when, who was there, add any details you can remember.
Inspired by Adair Lara writing workshops.
You can also use this template to flesh out your fictional characters.