Category: deus ex machina

Happy New Year a.k.a time to bloody change!

Let’s make the most of the New Year, and not just because it’s our last…apparently. Whether you believe the world will end at some point this year (all because the Mayans didn’t carve a stone calendar that went on forever…WTF, I mean let’s face it we might as believe the world is going to end …

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T is for twist ending

Sin #19: Spoiling the surprise I’m a great fan of a good twist ending. I felt the need to add the word ‘good’ in that first sentence because there are so many endings out there that rely on solely on shock value to get a rise out of the reader. A good twist ending should …

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Q is for questions

Sin #16: Unanswered questions Plot, just like real life, is complicated at best. There is no such thing as a simple plot, and if there is…yeesh what a boring book that must be! Even Spot books like to throw a curveball now and again. Spot went to the zoo. Spot sees a tiger. Spot sees …

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E is for endings

Sin# 4: Get em’ wet then leave em’ dripping A really bad ending can turn a great book into a disaster. In my opinion it’s one of the worst of all of my twenty-five deadly sins of writing. I can’t stand it when a book has a terrible ending! There are several types of ‘bad’ …

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D is for deus ex machina

Sin #3: Writer cop out! Even if you don’t know what the term deus ex machina means, I can still guarantee you’ve come across this technique in a book or film many times in your lifetime. Deus ex machina translates literally as god from the machine and refers to a plot device in which a …

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