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In that example there aren't any clues to anything. It is uncommon for someone to walk away without retrieving his credit card, but there are no clues as to what this might mean. It is very likely that you make a mistake common to beginning writers: you know what you want to say, and therefore you know what your text is supposed to say, and you mistakenly ...


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Do you want to be such a writer that spells out everything? Or do you want to write stories that make people think? I think you know the answer already. Please do not dumb down but write to the best of your ability! It is a difficult balance to find, and proof-readers will help you get there. Bear in mind that never ever you can serve everyone at once. ...


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I think it very largely depends on what it is you are trying to convey. If John Smith not retrieving his card is a point that is an essential plot point, then you probably need to amplify it somewhere. If missing that fact alters the general flow of your story then it needs to be explained less subtly. "John Smith stuck his credit card into the machine, ...


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Any time you drop a subtle hint, most readers will initially miss it. That's not necessarily a bad thing. It can be fun/gratifying for a reader to initially be blindsided by a development, only to realize that the clues were all there all along. Also, just as in life, we process a lot of information subconsciously. If you want a general sense of ...


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Your readers don't have to understand everything, They just have to understand enough that they are not unduly confused. It is alright to confuse your readers as long as they do not feel the story was confusing. If they think they know what is going on, but don't agree with each other, you may have written a masterpiece. For a good example let's look at Toy ...



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