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The Underrated Power of Putting One-Liners During Heavy Moments

Here’s a little trick to apply for the touch-up used in Harry Potter and Percy Jackson

Angst, drama, tears, anger, and other feelings engulf the scene

Either this is the scene you have been building your whole book for, or this is the

Somebody vital to the book (and a fan-favorite) dies, one gets backstabbed, and another turns into a

You will smother the scene with your efforts to make it even better

Take one of the heaviest lines — the line where the character finally dies, the line where an

Because it’s the literary equivalent of the sinking stone in your stomach when you receive bad

Tears spilled down his cheeks, his eyelids fluttered like he couldn’t keep them open

Tears spilled down his cheeks, his eyelids fluttered, like he couldn’t keep them open

In the second paragraph, everything is the same except for one line

You were made to sit in the scene that much longer — experience the pain that much longer

Sirius is one of the most loved characters in the Harry Potter universe

Making his entry in only book three, his death in book five shook all the fans

His body curved in a graceful arc as he sank backward through the ragged veil hanging from

Harry heard Bellatrix Lestrange’s triumphant scream, but knew it meant nothing — Sirius had only just fallen

After all, how hard it must have been for Harry to bear witness to it and accept

Rowling slapped the readers by making it clear in a line as a separate paragraph

Yet, our hearts softened when we got to know what he went through

Only Luke could save them all — but he had to give his life in return

He unlatched the side straps of his armor, exposing a small bit of his skin just under

I shut my eyes and felt a force like a nuclear explosion blister my skin and crack

The readers witnessed Luke’s last moments in detail before his soul departed

Yet, it was hard to wrap around the fact that Luke was no more

Great books are those which make you feel emotions on their highest notes