- OK, so you’ve committed the perfect murder, thought of every last detail to ensure you get away with it and then you WRITE IT ALL DOWN in a diary that you don’t destroy just hide somewhere it can be found…
- Or, you write everything down in your diary just omit certain key facts…
- …Such as you’re actually a man not a woman, you’re one of the other characters or you’re actually God or Death or some entity no-one will ever guess (the first time it’s done)
- And that diary, it contains every last detail of every scene you were in including all your conversations with other characters – word perfect, naturally…
- Plus it contains awful things about other characters (and they are precisely the people likely to find it)
- What it doesn’t contain is what normal people’s diaries do such as “make doctor’s appointment” or “buy cat food”
- And you’re supposed to be a teenager and we’re supposed to believe you actually kept a diary, actually picked up a pen and wrote on paper, rather than communicating via WhatsApp, text, etc.
Yes, authors really love diaries as a plot device don’t they?
Got any other diary-related examples? Is it possible to over-use a plot device?