Do a quick tally of memorable writing and you’ll find that a surprising amount of fiction includes a very specific feature. Is this deliberate, subconscious, a device not revealed until writers reach some mysterious tenth World of Writercraft level where we can unleash these heretofore unknown literary easter-eggs? And what is the magic in it?
No. I won’t reveal it. But I will offer clues so you can figure it out for yourself:
Bright without light, I hide; between day and night I abide. Most rare, no fair, doomed to scare, I am sporting and sported beyond my share. In two dimensions I am fabulous, in three fabu-less, with never a reason why. What am I?
Go ahead. I’ll give you a minute…
Why is it used in the first place, and why does it stir up such magic in stories? What does it add to memorable writing? If you’ve used it in your own writing, how did you give it purpose? More importantly, why?