by Alicia Rasley
The 5 Ds of the Dark Moment:
Dilemma-- the situation has disintegrated around the protagonist, and all seems lost.
Desperation-- the protagonist flails about, considering the most extreme escapes from the dilemma.
Despair-- the protagonist surrenders to despair, certain that there is no way out.
Deconstruction-- in the calm that follows despair, the protagonist begins to analyze the situation, deconstructing needs, values, and options.
Decision-- the protagonist decides what can be discarded, and what's most essential to be kept, and determines a course to achieve that.