The pregnant moment

This picture resides at artist Roy Litchtenstein, famous for paintings such as the one included here, chose his ‘scenes’ from comic books quite purposely.

He was interested in ‘the pregnant moment’, according to the commentary for the exhibition Litchtenstein: A Retrospective.

This is defined as “the crux from which one can imagine the whole story”.

I really like the concept of the pregnant moment. It seems to me that if a writer becomes so involved in the story or article she is writing that she can no longer see the wood for the trees, one approach would be to try to identify ‘the pregnant moment’. What sentence, or scene, is or should be the very essence of the piece being written?

By the way, the exhibition is wonderful. See it if you get the chance.