The Suspension of Disbelief

1 - Why Should Fiction Be Believable?

On countless Facebook threads, tweets, and forums, there are discussions of stories that go something like this: Critic: The hero can’t jump off a cliff after the damsel like that! Everyone falls at the same speed; he wouldn’t catch up to her in time. Anti-Critic: He also … read more »

3 - Repairing Unbelievable Story Elements

In my last two posts I discussed the importance of belief, and how setting audience expectations are crucial to maintaining it. But setting expectations requires planning ahead. For episodic stories in particular, it’s impossible to plan for everything: An actor on a show could suddenly … read more »