Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Ah Hah Moment

In my opinion what makes the difference between an ok book and a great one is that all-important “ah hah” moment.

So what is an "ah hah" moment?

Ah Hah Moment ~ Taige Crenshaw Definition:A moment that elevates a story beyond just a book to a book that makes the reader remember a line or scene that makes them go back to it time and again. This is a true keeper book that has wear and tear from continued reading. The book you buy multiple copies of and don’t lend it to anyone.

These “ah hah” moments aren’t only in books. They can extent much further than that. They also happen in movies, TV shows and things that happen in your everyday life. In movies and TV shows these “ah hah” moments are those you remember and discuss with others. This is what happened to me recently. Some friends and I were discussing some of our favorite shows and movies. I noticed that each person had an “ah hah” moment when they talked about their show or movie they liked. In the everyday instances they ranged from falling in love, loss, and just a feel good or bad thing. Whenever I talk with others it is interesting hearing all these moments that resonated with each person.

No matter that type of “ah hah” they all had one thing in common – they leave a lasting impression. Resonate with you long after done.

Now back to books. So what makes an “ah hah” book? There is no sure formula. It has to be something that resonates with the reader. For me an “ah hah” moment is what makes the story more real. A book that from the first line they capture me. To that last line that makes me feel not only content but when I go to sleep I dream of the book. And long after that last word I think of what I read. Give me everything. Emotions laid bare. Build the setting so I can feel it like I am there. Bring me along with the characters step by step. Give me a plot that is intriguing and makes me flip the pages.

Then the most important thing of all “ah hah” me. Give me something in the story that will flip that special figurative switch inside. This will bring reading to an all-new level. When you hit that “ah hah” level you are on my automatic must buy and read now list. Again we go back leaving a lasting impression. One that resonates with the reader.

As a reader I seek out that “ah hah” moment in books. Those books are keeper ones that line my shelves and I read often. As a writer I strive to give the reader that “ah hah’ moment. Since reading is so varied and goes by what resonates with the reader I don’t succeed with everyone. Yet when I do with even just one reader I feel I have done what I set out to do - given that “ah hah” moment that will make me a keeper for a reader. I have a few readers who have contacted me letting me know that my story resonated with them in someway. That is it’s own “ah hah” moment that makes me as a writer proud.

What are some of your “ah hah” moments in books?

Taige Crenshaw
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Sarah J. McNeal said...

You're so right about the ah hah moments in a book, Taige. When an author turns on the light that illuminates the story and you come to some realization, the reader can gasp with surprise and understanding floods in. Wonderful blog, Taige. Indigo Rain looks like a wonderful story. I wish you every success.

Tina Donahue said...

Mine would be in Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas. I won't say what the moment was but I thought about it for days, it was that good.

Delaney Diamond said...

I like when authors come up with interesting twist or goes in an unexpected direction. That always leaves a good impression and makes me seek out their other work.

Willa Edwards said...

I agree with Delaney. Twists definitely get me interested, and cause me to go back and read a book again (or watch a movie). Trying to spot how I could have seen it coming.

I also love a book that has a strong emotional connection. If I'm almost crying while I read, there must have been a big ah ha moment in there somewhere, to pull at my emotions so deeply.

Fiona McGier said...

I tend to get those "aha" moments more in non-fiction books, when what I'm reading forces me to make a connection in thinking that I've never made before. I love those. Cultural anthropology is my current reading theme, along with cultural history. I'm endlessly fascinated by how people relate to each other. This carries over into my writing as well.
Indigo Rain has a very hot cover and premise. Good luck with many sales!