Deus ex Machina: Plot Devices to Avoid

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Sometimes while we’re tied up in our characters (or tying up our characters), lost in our plot, and furiously racing to the end of our stories, we don’t realize that somewhere along the way…we’ve hit a wall.

That terrifying, mile-high wall blocking the story that us writers stare open-mouthed gaping at. But, the wall stares back, demanding to know: “What’s next?”

Today we’re going to talk about what to avoid when we reach that wall. The devices that serve to weaken the intricate plots we’ve worked so hard to create. Let’s begin!

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