Dec 28 2008

Writing Tip of the Day: Avoid Speculation

Published by at 6:18 pm under Writing Articles

“Even as we speak, Dr. Insidious might be building a deathray or a weather-control device!”  Unless readers know whether this speculation is accurate, this is idle speculation that’s probably not very interesting. Like musing, speculation tends to make stories stall.

If you’d like to use speculation, I’d recommend narrowing the scope as much as possible.  For example, if the heroes find a giant robotic hand, the characters might speculate how close Insidious is to completing the robot, and where the rest of the robot might be.  At least we have a better idea of what grisly fate we’re contemplating.  As always, the trick to intrigue is giving us enough to care.

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