From Story Drills: Deathtrap and Deus Ex Machina – by Melissa Donovan…

on Writing Forward:

If you’ve ever read a story in which characters are rescued from a dire situation in a way that is truly unbelievable, you’ve probably experienced deus ex machina.

Deus ex machina is a literary device that is best avoided, if possible.

It occurs when a difficult or impossible situation is resolved through unlikely or unbelievable methods, often through supernatural intervention.

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