When writing with two or more people, and one person directs the other if they're having trouble with their plot.
Can also be used in the negative, like the backseat driver of writing.
Joe: I'm having trouble coming up with a reason for my character to want to go shopping today.
Larry: Oh, here, e-mail me what you have and I'll give you a plot-nudge.
Lisa: Yeah, whenever I write with her she always gives me way too many plot-nudges. She's practically writing for me!
|2.||Deus Ex Machina|
Dates from ancient Greek times, where "deus ex machina" ("god from the machine") in a play referred to the act of lowering a god on stage using a cable device (therefore, a god from a machine) to decide in a dilemma and give fate a nudge, so to say.
These days, deus ex machina has the negative connotation of an utterly improbable, illogical or baseless plot twist that drastically alters the situation, as if the "deus ex machina" came down to give fate that little push.
I liked the movie, but the ending was total crap...they could've come up with a better way to beat the villain than the deus ex machina ending of that guy miraculously coming back to life.