When you are reading and suddenly a character realizes, understands, or finally figures something out (an “Ah-ha!”)…
Clues to this signpost:
Phrases usually expressing a suddenness like:
You should stop and ask yourself:
“How might this realization be important or change things?
An Aha Moment reveals change. This questions focuses on that change- for the character or setting.
If the character figured out a problem, you probably just learned about the CONFLICT.
If the character understood a life lesson, you probably just learned the THEME.