We Need to Talk About F.O.L.D.
*SPOILERS BELOW FOR INFINITY FOLDS, EVEN THOUGH IT’S PRETTY MUCH USELESS CAUSE I’M FAIRLY CERTAIN EVERYONE HAS ALREADY READ IT.*
Hey guys! Noah here. There’s something I need to address for the MOU going forward.
Everybody knows what F.O.L.D. is, right? The organization of students who does everything S.H.I.E.L.D. does, just as kids? It’s been a really helpful part of the stories in the past, because it gave us a lot of quick and easy explanations for things, like where the puppets come from and a guide for how the story goes.
However, because of that, it can be considered a writing ‘crutch’, which is basically just something that makes the story really easy and simple. I don’t really want that anymore.
At the end of Infinity Folds, Tilly Waterson closes F.O.L.D. down because she believes that it’s caused more harm that good. That was a definitive closure. F.O.L.D. doesn’t matter anymore, and it never will. Going forward, it’s just stopped, like Tilly’s intended it to.
I don’t want F.O.L.D. to be a plot point for anymore stories, because it makes things too easy. I really want to see everyone here grow as writers, so removing as many crutches as possible can help with that. If F.O.L.D. is a plot point going forward, it’ll be edited out pretty much immediately. We’re that serious about it.
So! That’s about all I wanted to say. If you guys have a big part for F.O.L.D. in your work-in-progress stories, I want to challenge you to edit them out and come up a more unique solution for the story’s problem. I can guarantee you it’ll make your story stand out more in the long run.