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[Fiction] Friday #164

July 16, 2010

Fiction Friday

Use a McGuffin in your story.

McGuffin: An object or person in a movie that has no use other than to drive the narrative forward. (originally coined by Alfred Hitchcock)

examples: The Maltese Falcon in the movie of the same name; the suitcase in Pulp Fiction


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9 Comments
  1. July 16, 2010 6:01 am

    I had a lot of trouble beginning this story, as I have never tried the McGuffin approach before. This one was quite hard.

  2. July 16, 2010 6:02 am

    Woohoo! Have been refreshing for hours, I need to get a life!😉 Was challenging to think of a McGuffin but once I had it it was so much fun!

  3. July 16, 2010 6:12 am

    Sorry everyone! There wasn’t a post lined up to go live at midnight.

    Muchly apologetic – had I not seen John’s tweet it probably would have remained blank a little longer. Oops!

  4. July 16, 2010 6:13 am

    Sorry Jodi. I’m a little obsessive sometimes.
    Stacey, I loved your story.

  5. July 16, 2010 6:21 am

    Obsessive is good and I just happened to be in the right place at the right time – after having done ZERO work of any description since I wrote my column on Monday.

  6. July 16, 2010 10:02 am

    This one was fun. My story takes place after the events of “The Astonishing Adventures of Captain Juan”, which will be relaunching very soon. I hope you enjoy it.

  7. July 16, 2010 9:19 pm

    A week obsessing over McGuffins and I nearly fell at the last hurdle with an impromptu 12 hr shift followed by a drinking session on Friday eve … but I pulled it out the bag at the last minute … I hope!

    http://www.moultworld.com/?page_id=1716

  8. July 17, 2010 2:10 am

    ha… I don’t even have a 12 hour shift or a Friday night binge to blame. Lucky 13th I seem to be. I only looked up the McGuffin last night! I think I’d like to explore this as a longer story but for now: “The Lichtenberg Trust”

    http://jodicleghorn.wordpress.com/2010/07/17/fiction-friday-the-lichtenberg-trust/

  9. July 17, 2010 6:13 am

    and all I have is a few fragments of a story which didn’t make it past being scribbled into my little notepad whilst watching Mr 7 play AFL this morning. Sorry folks.. I might be posting this eek -but will *try* and get on and read yours

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