This morning, I wrote the emotional climax. It took me several days to work myself up to this scene. It takes place in a gnarled forest, with trees polished like old bones by the wind, after a moment of fear, pain and panic. The emotional climax is the moment when my hero begins to learn what will come next for him. I think of it as the moment when he begins to see the kind of person he will actually become ... and it's not easy for him. He doesn't really like the thought of it at first, because he's destined to be a good person, and that's a hard thing to be.
My point, though, is that this emotional climax really comes several pages AFTER my plot climax. The plot climax is all action, with flames and hot air balloons and a pitched battle and a demonic blender and a falling piano. This was a fun scene to write, but then a few pages later, there is this moment in the woods.
Every book needs these two: the action climax, and the emotional climax. Sometimes they occur together, but not always. Right? So what do you think? How do you handle the emotional climax in your story?