How to Write a Crying Scene

Part 1
1. What is the character crying about and is the character alone or with friends and family? How about with strangers? How about in front of animals?
A. What does the character to feel this way? Do they have a support system? Where are they?
I. Was it a breakup, did someone die, did they get bad grades, does it have to do with something significant in their life?
II. Depending on the content of the scene itself it should be obvious to the reader exactly why they are crying — whether it’s from remorse, frustration, pain, relief, joy, etc or even a combination of reasons —
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B. Do they feel un/comfortable crying where they are, if so, how does the reader know?
I. Do they have to look over their shoulders every couple of seconds, do they have shivers, can they cry without any pause, can they lean on someone’s shoulder?
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C. Is the character watching someone cry? Is the character crying with someone else? Is the character crying about something that they’ve cried about before? Does the tears mean anything?
I. How are the onlookers behaving? Do they feel like crying too? Do they know why that person is crying? Do they know that person? What feelings are happening inside them? What actions do they feel like taking?
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Part 2
2. What memories, actions, ideas, or even other emotions come out while the character’s crying?
A. Are they getting deja vu? Does the memories while crying actually begin to make them happy or even laugh? Does it make them angry? Does it make them cry more or even longer?
I. Do they feel like they did this before? Are they crying for the third time in a row? Do they feel like the problem never can be solved so they have to keep crying? Have they cried in that same place before? Maybe that’s where the tragic thing happened and they returned to that place to cry.
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B. While crying does the character get motivated to do something? Does the character have to do anything while crying? Does the character stop doing whatever they were doing in order to cry? How does this action affect the overall scene or story?
I. Do they feel like helping someone else out, do they feel like changing their life around, do they feel like going back in time to prevent something from happening, do they make a promise to themselves?
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C. While crying we sometimes do the best thinking. Are there any thoughts or dilemmas or inventions that the character thinks of to improve their life? Does the character have an Awakening while crying? Do they cry themselves to sleep? If so what do they dream about?
I. Do they figure out a way to get over that hurdle? Do they figure out a way to avoid something bad from happening? Can they connect the dots easier? Almost like a puzzle. In desperation our mind thinks at a rapid pace.
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Part 3
3. What is the crying accomplishing?
A. Are their tears magical and should be collected in a bottle for safe keeping? Does the crying help them to meditate or release anger or even com them? Is the crying fake and intended to not be taken seriously? Maybe it’s foreplay or an acting part. Maybe it’s to get someone to do something for them manipulatively.
I. Is there any magic involved with the crying? Anything?
II.Crying is an important emotional release; our tears release a variety of substances, depending on our reason for crying. Also, crying releases endorphins into our bloodstream – those are “feel-good” hormones, and they’re one of the reasons that plenty of people say they feel better after “having a good cry. It certainly beats swallowing our pain or letting it build up.

B. Does their crying help someone else out? Does the crying prevent them from doing something? Was this all planned? How long must they cry for? Are they able to cry that long?
I. Does someone else see them cry and get inspired? Does someone else see them crying and realize? They should learn from that person’s mistake? Does crying help to see the trueness of the character who is crying? If someone didn’t believe them in the first place or had no sympathy maybe they do now.
II.  Does the person ignore it and moved on or stop and ask “Is everything okay? Do you need help?” It may depend on where your character is at the time, and what the person is doing.
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C. How are they feeling midway? Must the tears be rejuvenated somehow? Are they still able to let out tears? Crying doesn’t necessarily require tears the entire time? So what else are they doing while crying, such as sound, gesture or reactions?
I. Can they cry no more even though they want to or try to? Do they moan while crying? Do they scream?
II.  A character simply wiping their eyes is enough to convey that they are crying. As is bowing their head and their shoulders trembling. Or snuffling/a red nose and a shift in their breathing pattern. More frequent blinking and damp/glossy eyes can suggest they are about to start crying while bloodshot/puffy eye(lid)s suggests that they already have. 
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Part 4
4. How long does the character cry and what are they doing while they’re crying?
A. Read about how much time has passed, or what has happened since they started crying, or what they have been able to do since they started crying. And please note that the crying doesn’t have to happen just in the scene. If you want expanded throughout your story or have breaks throughout the scene you can do that. Sometimes crying isn’t straight through, sometimes we take breaks when we cry. Crying can extend over a long amount of time such as years or months.
I.  With time, they will cry less, and still remember the good/bad times.
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B. Talk about the character healing. Talk about the mindset of the character as they are finishing their cry. Talk about the health of the character. Last but not least talk about the hope of the character while they cry or when they’re taking a break from crying.
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C. Anything can make them sad. Anything can remind them of why they cried in the first place. So if the character takes a break from crying maybe add in some triggers that will make them feel sad again. Also how do they cope with these triggers so they don’t look like a crybaby to their friends family and acquaintances.
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Part 5
5. How does the scene end ? Is the character continuing to cry? Does the crying get worse? Or do they stop crying all together?
A. Does character stop crying? If so, did they stop it on their own? How did they do that? What hope do they have? And is this the final cry for the situation or problem?
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B. Does someone help them stop crying? Who is this person? It doesn’t always have to be someone they know it could also be a stranger? Do they see someone else crying and join them for a finale cry?
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C. Do they continue to cry? How do they start picking themselves up after they stopped crying? If they continue to cry what will their life become? Will it ruin their life to continue to cry? Or will it improve their life somehow?
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