Wow … that was a coincidence!


In every book you’ve ever read, there will be quite a few random coincidences. In fact, most plots are made of a bunch of things that happened just so … things that might not have happened in real life. That probably wouldn’t have.

And it kind of bothers me when people criticize that.

Ok, Kell, where did this random statement come from?

It came from reading a review of Julie Klassen’s A Girl at the Gatehouse on Amazon. It was helpful and the reviewer* made an interesting point. In A Girl at the Gatehouse, there are quite a few things that happened that “made the plot feel really forced,” such as, “The lover who jilted her JUST HAPPENS to be the betrothed of the woman the sea Captain wants to marry. What a small world.”

I realize that what he/she said was probably true. That is a stretch. But are stretches OK?

Frankly, my dear, I’m not 100% sure myself! It just recently started thinking about it myself. Is it all right for characters to meet by chance? Is it all right for everything to fall into place as it probably wouldn’t (but perhaps might) in real life?

In my opinion, it is.

To quote Albert Einstein, coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous. 😀

And that’s all I’ve got to say, other than:


And also:


Yeah. That’s what you get when you Google image “coincidence.” 😛

Hope y’all had a Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s not exactly my favorite holiday … because I’m lame at giving gifts … and even lamer at receiving them … and we actually celebrated it on Thursday and Friday because those are the days we meet with our homeschool co-op. 😀

“For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, that whosoever believes in him will not parish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” ❤

~Kellyn Roth

*I am not in any way criticizing said Amazon user’s review. Please don’t take it like that. The review just made me think … which is a good thing! 🙂


10 thoughts on “Wow … that was a coincidence!

  1. I agree with what you said, but I would like to add something. If you’re writing a book, you want it to be interesting. (obviously!) Coincidences make stories interesting. If you were to write a biography about someone in real life, you would choose a person who had ‘coincidences’ in their life, which made it interesting. Same way with fiction.


  2. Hey kell! I agree with u to about the whole “coicadence” thing; how can your book be even worthwhile to read if its not a little…coinciding?
    Like, if theres no coincadence theres no exitment.
    Coincadence helps brng things together and….other stuff im not sure about cause im not a writer. 😉

    But on the other hand; too much coincadence can be the death of a book;
    Nancy Drew (bless her heart;) is like that.
    I used to LOVE nancy drew(still do)!!
    Like, to the max!
    She was my fave book to read, and i didn’t really notice it when i was little, but as i got older i started to see that the only reason nancy drew solved anything was because the answers and clue just kinda popped out into her path.
    There was WAY to many coincadences!
    She would meet the bad guy before she even got the mystery and then the bad guy would almost GIVE nancy clues.
    Like, whaaaaa? ;P
    (but yet i wouldnt change the nancy drew books for all the tea in china!)(those books were my childhood love and i love even the terrible imperfections lol!;)(it actually pains me to bad-mouth nancy drew like this!)(haha!) 😉

    So for coincadence its all about balance, and staying on the right side of that very fine line.;)

    (this is the longest coment ive ever left hee hee hee!) 😉

  3. You’ve never…..????? Oh my gosh kell, that’s awful! You should have read them when you were little….;)(jk jk)(but im not joking about my astonishment–that’s real) 😉

    1. Well, Bay, I read good literature as a kid. You know, Maud Hart Lovelace. Beverly Cleary. Gertrude Chandler Warner. Mark Twain. Anna Sewell. Anything with a horse in it, actually. The Repentance of Lady Clinton …. 😉 (that was a joke you won’t get)

      1. *politely laughs at kells joke* Your right kell, I i didnt get that 😉

        I read, ya know, almost anything I could get my hands on! Includig dick and jane. (heres a sample of dick and jane); (“look look. there is dick. dick is there. look. look. look.”)(*sighs*)(so sad) 😉

        1. For me is was Susan, Tom, Becky, and there dog Flip.

          “Look, Tom! See Flip flip! See Flip flip and do a dip! Where is Susan? Is Susan here? Is Susan at home? Oh, look! There’s Susan! Susan is here! Susan is at home!” Before that it was Mat and Bob and the Cat.

          “Mat sat on the hat. Bob sat on Mat. The cat sat on the hat. The cat is Bob.”

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