Chekhov’s Gun Theory

Today is Little Sea Bear’s Birthday. That’s right! My site is officially one years old!

To celebrate, I want to announce the return of posts discussing writing. But I have an issue that I am hoping you wonderful people can help me with… The writing section needs a name!

We have Berg’s Book Club and Bearing Disability, both starting with a B and both Bear related—I’m not sure if we can get another B and Bear related name, but we can try! right?

What name suggestions do you have for the writing discussions? It can start with a B OR be Bear related or both.

In the meantime, to add to the celebration, I would love to share this post written by Lizzie at It’s Me, Lizzie!

This theory, I love it!

It’s Me, Lizzie!

Hello writers! I’ve got another piece of writing advice for you today. Specifically, Chekhov’s gun—but also, Chekhov’s gum. You should be familiar with both sides.

Many writers will be familiar with the dramatic principle of Chekhov’s gun. Specifically, it states that if you introduce a gun in Act 1, then the gun must be fired by Act 3.

If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it’s not going to be fired, it shouldn’t be hanging there.

— Anton Chekhov, from S. Schukin, Memoirs

Chekhov was “master of the short story,” so you’ll have to apply that quote to the structure of your own form.

We can thank How Not to Write a Novel by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman (a favourite of mine) for Chekhov’s gum, the flip side…

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