Have your characters talk up your plot


‘So the secret of Old Istanbul isn’t a place at all,’ gasped Susan. ‘It’s a person.’
‘That’s right,’ replied Lord Dington, smiling. ‘And I think you know who.’
‘You?’ Susan laughed. ‘But when you said the diamond was hidden...’ Lord Dington patted his pocket.
‘We had it with us all along.’
‘That’s an amazing twist,’ smiled Susan. ‘I never suspected a thing, despite the many clues which make sense in retrospect.’
‘That’s right,’ he supplied. ‘I was careful not to say too much and give it away, but also to provide you with just enough information that you wouldn’t feel cheated when the twist was revealed.’
‘Gosh,’ Susan beamed, ‘you really are a master spy!’
‘Yes,’ confirmed the gentleman, brushing a speck of dust from his sleeve. ‘And a decent storyteller, too, even if I do say so myself.’

9 comments:

  1. Ugh. I haaaate it when writers do this. If you have to explain it, you didn't write the story well. If you wrote the story well, then don't assume your readers are idiots and can't figure it out. Bleah.

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  2. Another one straight from Dan Brown? Tsk tsk.
    I'm with Erin, just don't guys.

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  3. *shudder* That was awful! My intelligence feels so violated...

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  4. ‘I never suspected a thing, despite the many clues which make sense in retrospect.’

    *laugh* That is absolutely perfect.

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  5. Wait, wait, wait...where's Old Istanbul? Start again from the beginning, and give me every detail sloooowly.

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  6. elementary, dear watson!

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