Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Collateral Repairs

I found this nifty new term in a blog post:

You've heard of collateral damage. Now let's consider collateral repairs.

The phrase "collateral repair" has been used in other ways, but I want to propose a writer's jargon application of the term which dovetails with Blake Snyder's explanation of screenplay structure.

Collateral repairing would be some sort of healing, fixing, anti-damage side-effect that an action might have as an unexpected consequence or side-effect, not the goal of the action.

I have characters who do this constantly -- they just about can't turn around without creating collateral repairs.

It drives some of my other characters buggy.

This saves me so much work.
Tags: fantasy, science fiction, vocabulary, writing

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