I’ve been featured this week for avoiding the Deus ex Machina

Many have witnessed it, and felt frustrated by it. The Deus ex Machina is a writer’s way to reach an ending or a solution by cheating.


So you placed a character in a very bad situation, you over shot your drama factors and increased the dosage for the readers… and you did it without planning how will you get out of it. So what to do? Will you cheat and make your character wake up from what it turns out to be a dream? or a mythical creature suddenly appears without previous mentioning of? Or any of the other solutions that will frustrate the readers who kept building high hopes for their characters?

You can learn better about the Deus ex Machina from the Story Addict, and you can find out the signs and criteria of a Deus ex Machina. And in the end, there’s a small feature of my fiction thriller ‘Psychs’ as an example of avoiding the easy way.

Why was I featured??

Well, I placed a character, with no hands, inside a prison, for 13 years… So how did I get him out? Did I use some magic trick or placed a fairy godmother inside with him? If that’s the case, I wouldn’t be featured.

Psychs main site



  1. plantageneta · July 18, 2012

    I’ve learnt something new – had never come across that phrase before. Will click through to read more – also, I love that picture, where’s it from?

    • ahamin · July 18, 2012

      I had it from a friend of mine, he likes collecting images… I learned about that term recently, though I’ve been aware of it for as long as I have witnessed the bad ways writers get them selves out of troubles.

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