Credibility is everything. You often hear in writer's groups, "But it actually happened." That's not an allowable defense. It has to be plausible to the reader. As Laurel Yourke, quoting Paul Horgan, says:
One must always keep in mind how 'if this, then that' must happen. Every detail must mean more than itself. The smallest error in plausability threatens the credibility of the whole.This quote is taken from Laurel's book, Take Your Characters to Dinner (Lantham, Maryland: University Press of America, Inc., 2000) p. xvi. The Horgan quote is from his book, Approaches to Writing (New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1968), p. 42.
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