How to Write Kairos
There aren’t any easy rules for writing with good kairos. You have to think hard about your audience, the times you’re living in, and what message is needed at that particular moment! But, the following steps might help you in creating kairos in a narrative:
- Create an important moment in your story
- Think hard about your audience and how they might feel about your moment
- Understand the times you’re living in and how this affects the moment
- Create a meaningful message about that particular moment
When to Use Kairos
The importance of kairos in speeches and formal essays is obvious – if you want to persuade someone of your view, you have to take your audience and the context into consideration. But as the example of Her in section 2 shows, fictional and creative works can also have (or lack) kairos. Think of the timely movies that have come out over the years at exactly the moment when people needed to see them – each of these is a great example of kairos.