Stuff. Everyone has stuff. Most of the time, we think nothing of it. It's not like we pay attention to people's rings, lockets, or pocket watches. There's nothing magical about them, is there? Well, if this stuff becomes a crucial part of a plot, you can bet we'll keep our eye on whatever it is. And scream, if it falls into the wrong hands.
The Plot Trinket - An item of major or little value to a character that ends up being an item of importance. Typically, the entire plot centers around this item.
Unlike a MacGuffin, Plot Trinkets are jewelry or a special item made into jewelry. They can also be any number of objects. For an item to be a Plot Trinket, it often comes from someone of endearment (a relative or friend).
Every orphan seems to have one. It is often a clue left behind by the character's parents or relatives.
It can also be an inheritance that a child is too young to access, but others are killing to get their hands on it.
Some Plot Trinkets can make characters immortal.
Others can lead characters to truth.
Every now and then, they can have an effect on time.
Plot Trinkets are fun and used in many stories. After all, most people hold value in something, like I do for my grandfathers old-school pocket watch. If only it could do more than tell time, like ... turn beavers into gold!
Hmm. Maybe not. I'll lay off the poor beavers, okay?
What are some of your favorite Plot Trinkets? Have you ever used one? What kind of item was it?
I'm David, and where can I find some cool curios?