Creator of the fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has dozens of marvelous quotes. I know I’ll pick another one to use in the future, but for now, I’ll share this often re-quoted tidbit from The Sign of Four: “How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?”
Star Trek fans and others will recognize this quote. And for writers who want to challenge their readers, this quote is something worth thinking about. As long as you give the clues, improbable out-comes often make for better stories.