Tag Archives: Plot

Kill Your Darlings… but only if they don’t fit.

When writing there’s always a sense of “let’s see where this takes me”. At the same time, however, there are also lighthouses that we tack towards across the dark and choppy waters of unwritten fiction. In many cases, these are … Continue reading

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The price of a half-bright idea

NORMA: ¬†And you have written pictures, haven’t you? GILLIS: Sure have. The last one I wrote was about cattle rustlers. Before they were through with it, the whole thing played on a torpedo boat. – Sunset Boulevard Recently had an … Continue reading

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Plot: Is this flashing arrow too subtle?

This post, I’m talking plot, particularly in relation to foreshadowing. Even more specifically, I’m talking about Chekhov’s Gun. Chekhov’s gun is simply expressed in a quote from the man himself. “One must not put a loaded rifle on the stage … Continue reading

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