How to Keep Your Readers From Asking, “Why Didn’t They Just…?”

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by Stephanie O’Brien

My siblings and I have sometimes joked that we could take over several fictional universes with the power of “Why didn’t they just…?”

When characters fail to use an obvious solution, or forget a skill or superpower that could easily resolve the situation, it can be pretty frustrating for the readers.

It can also hurt their opinion of the characters’ intelligence, or of your attention to detail, even if the story is otherwise awesome.

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About Eva Blaskovic

I am a multi-genre author of literary fiction, fantasy, and paranormal, and writer of non-fiction articles on parenting, writing, education, health, and travel. My background encompasses both the sciences and the arts. I teach at a specialized clinic for learning disorders and mentor young authors. In addition to writing and teaching, my passions are weather, Indian food, gardening, and music. I have played eight musical instruments and spent many years immersed in taekwondo and karate. In my youth, I was an avid canoeist. I was born in Prague, Czech Republic, grew up in the Great Lakes region of Ontario, Canada, and moved to Alberta in 1988, where I raised four children.
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One Response to How to Keep Your Readers From Asking, “Why Didn’t They Just…?”

  1. danawayne423 says:

    There is nothing more frustrating to me as a reader to come across that in a book. I can take just about any plot, scene, situation, whatever, as long as it is believable. When the author misses or does something that is glaringly obvious to me (as a reader) or doesn’t give a plausible explanation for it, that is a big turn off.

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