Not specifically for novel writers but you know, the new categories. And to be clear, I'm not asking for advice, I'm looking for discussion on people's different techniques and approaches.
So, whether comic or novel, how do you go about making your big scene a big punch to the gut? How do you make your viewer cry? How to make that tightness in their chest? Or even how do you make your reader cover their face and squeal at the ridiculous fluff? How do you make their heart race and have them dreading to look over their shoulder but sure someone's watching? What's your magic technique, how to you pick your big scene(s) and what do you make sure it punches your viewer hard? Or do you not?
My personal thoughts on it:
I personally think there is a difference. Some scenes just hit harder, no matter what the emotion. And I tend to think as story tellers, that impact is our goal. To impact the person on the other end. I'd say, personally, you should be feeling whatever you want your reader to feel. Of course, this is subjective, I'm a crier, so I'm in tears over emotional things at a drop of a hat, but I can only name 1 webcomic on Tapas that has made me cry and feel that tightness in my chest. And to be honest, there haven't been many manga either. I think, there's something inherently difficult about it for comics/manga, compared to things like novels or voiced works. It's easier to get in the heads of characters in novels (although when the pov isn't a close perspective, it's a lot harder) while movies and anime and cartoons, the acting there in front of you goes a long way (when it's good).
I think a lot of it comes down to dialogue. Powerful scenes have a habit of going over the top with their dialogue but that just hits m as goofy, while things like novels can get away with silence in the form of narrative and movies can have long scenes of silence and atmosphere. I often thing silence and played down dialogue is far more powerful than yelling and dramatic declarations of love. Just like I tend to find played down horror a lot more terrifying than over the top gore. So when I start coming up with my big hitter scenes I tend to think how can I have it speak with the least amount of dialogue and also when I'm thinking it through or saying it aloud, does it make me react.
What about you guys? How do you approach your biggest emotional scenes?