17.3: Chekov’s Surprising Yet Inevitable Inverted Gun
This week we’re talking about giving inevitability to our intended surprise, and we open with a discussion of Chekov’s Gun, which, as a writing rule, is mostly used in inversion.
Next week we’ll focus on making inevitable things surprising.
Liner Notes: Art and Editing of Suicide Squad (YouTube)
Credits: This episode was recorded by Marshall Carr, Jr., and mastered by Alex Jackson.
Homework: In your current WIP, pin down a person, a place, or a thing you threw in for flavor at the beginning of your story but didn’t plan to use again. Write a scene for them to come back in the final act of your story in an unexpected way.
Thing of the week: Dead Beat: The Dresden Files, Book 7, by Jim Butcher.
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