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Plots may be simple or complex

28 February 2018

Plots may be simple or complex, but suspense, and climactic progress from one incident to another, are essential. Every incident in a fictional work should have some bearing on the climax or denouement, and any denouement which is not the inevitable result of the preceding incidents is awkward and unliterary.

H. P. Lovecraft


One Comments to “Plots may be simple or complex”

  1. I think I’ve seen this maxim before… perhaps hundreds of times, in different words.
    Still, this is as clear a delineation as I’ve read.

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