Fifteen minutes long, because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart.

17.4: The Gun on the Mantel is Actually a Fish

Your Hosts: Howard Tayler, Kaela RiveraSandra Tayler, and Megan Lloyd

In the previous episode we discussed how to ensure that your surprise feels inevitable. In this episode we’re covering how to make inevitability feel surprising. The title is a nod to the concept of the “red herring,” which is arguably the most useful tool for setting up a good surprise.

Credits: This episode was recorded by Marshall Carr, Jr., and mastered by Alex Jackson.

Homework: Do the reverse of last week’s homework: find a thing that is important later and find a scene early where you can “put it on the mantle.”

Thing of the week: And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie.

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