Archives for Christmas: How to Hang a Lantern

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It’s midnight in Texas. I just got home from the office Christmas party. It was amazing! I feel sorry for anyone who doesn’t work at the Balcom Agency. Seriously. I am so lucky.

But as it’s rather late and I’ve had quite a long week, I won’t be catching up with comments and InMon pieces until tomorrow (er, I guess it technically already is tomorrow – in that case, until this afternoon). In the meantime, here’s a post from the archives for the holidays, originally published way back on February 4, 2011.

To hang a lantern (or “hang a lamp”) is to call attention to an inconsistency in the story by having a character notice the inconsistency. It’s the writer’s way of telling the reader “I did this on purpose; it’s not a mistake.” Keep reading >>

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