17.3: Chekov’s Surprising Yet Inevitable Inverted Gun

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

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


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.

2 thoughts on “17.3: Chekov’s Surprising Yet Inevitable Inverted Gun”

  1. This week, the gun-startled quartet, Howard, Kaela, Sandra, and Megan, took a look at the oft-quoted notion that if you put a gun on the mantle in Act I, you should fire it in Act III. Or at least use it for something! And all the other ways to create a thread that leads to surprising, yet inevitable. Grover and the Monster at the End of This Book, I Am Not A Serial Killer, Hot Fuzz, Dirk Gently, a pink unicorn, Frozen, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, they all get discussed in this episode, and you can read all about it in the transcript available now in the archives.

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