17.4: The Gun on the Mantel is Actually a Fish
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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