N is for Non Sequitur – #AtoZChallenge

Okay, let’s get back to our literary devices my theme for this year’s #AtoZChallenge.

“N” is for non sequitur which is a very fancy way of saying something doesn’t make sense.  For example, take the following two sentences:

Nancy is short so she needs to wear high heels all the time.

The two ideas don’t necessarily have to go together.  Just because Nancy’s short doesn’t mean she must wear high heeled shoes to compensate for her height.

Here’s another one.

My boy’s athletic!  He’ll be able to figure out how to fix your bathroom leak.

Here are some great non sequiturs:

“Had the facial plumage been of a paler hue it would have looked like a pile of horse crap on a winter’s day.”
St John Morris, The Bizarre Letters of St John Morris

“If I had to live my life over, I’d live over a saloon.”
W.C. Fields

“It was a spring day, the sort that gives people hope: all soft winds and delicate smells of
warm earth. Suicide weather.”
Susanna Kaysen

“I knew it! Goody Osburn were midwife to me three times. I begged you, Thomas, did I not? I begged him not to call Osburn because I feared her. My babies always shriveled in her hands.” – The Crucible

Do you use non sequiturs in your writing?

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