marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,
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rule of three

Along came the monsters and then I said to myself -- wait a minute, aren't these the same monsters that I had attack them earlier?

Consider the matter, and conclude, despite a handful of differences, that yes, they are basically the same monsters.

grumble

Which means I really need a third appearance.  Something that appears twice and is left hanging is a broken pattern.  (Unless it's bookends for the beginning and end.)

Let's see -- yeah, that can be the monster that bothers them there, as well.

Such is the life of a writer.  Stories have a wonderful tendency to sprout motifs and need patterns for them.

Tags: aesthetics, story structure
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