Plants and Payoffs

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Hi Gang. Craig with you once again. Since today isn’t a holiday, I feel no compulsion to make some kind of arbitrary holiday tie in. That can be almost scary.

Last night (Writing this days ahead) I spotted a great example of plants and payoffs. This is a frequent topic of writing blogs, but it could use a modern facelift. I think I have one.

The first Plants & Payoffs lesson most people get is about Chekhov’s Gun. It goes something like this, “If you show a gun in the first act, it needs to go off in the third act.” I’m sure I didn’t get it quite right, but you get the idea.

This plays into foreshadowing, in that your heroes aren’t pulling weapons out of thin air when they’re needed. The reader already knows the guns are present. Readers need to suspect the hero is genuine before he…

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