Since this threat is about Harry Dresden's books, here is a little something that is not
Applying the last posted interview from Alan (or do you prefer alansplace), I found Jim's coping technique for beeing stuck. Let's do the obvious and jump into Summer Knight:
I don't think at the time he had any idea who/why/how/especially who. It is clear that later he in detail describes above mentioned character and explains the nature of, and who would get in contact with it
That is the forthought and it made click in my head - if Harry explains what it is, then he would have a reapperance later on, because naturally Harry is psychic (not literally) and only provides us the readers with important information. Reappearance is then in the scene
This I believe was one of the big events preplanned. To tie it together in the end, Jim dumps a very surprising and unexpected twist into the story by introducing a
So we got a fine example of the techniques Jim described in the interview: filler for quick action, option to connect the dots later, bridge it over to a main pre-planned event, finishing it off by the end with explanation as to why (pun intended on the finishing off part).
What you guys think - was that a desperate move by Jim or carefully preplanned? I personally don't think it was preplanned this way, only