Thursday, June 21, 2012
Is that Chekov’s gun in your кармашек or are you just happy to see me?
Chekov’s gun is not a real gun. If it was, I would use it to kill possums. I would then bury their corpses in a cherry orchard.
Chekov’s gun is a literary device that is sadly harmless to marsupials.
Anton Chekov, the Russian writer, came up with this piece of advice:
"One must not put a loaded rifle on the stage if no one is thinking of firing it."
Chekov’s gun is all about foreshadowing, and lining all your dominoes up in a row before you tip the first one over and watch the carnage. But it’s also about only having what is necessary in a story. If you don’t need the gun to fire, then you don’t need the gun.
Also, if you don’t use Chekov’s gun it may misfire in reviews, and leave a gaping plot hole.
Do you have a Chekov’s gun in your WIP?
And on an entirely unrelated note I am back from Brisbane. I have no money, a few good books, and sore feet. And Lady Gaga was awesome. :)