Plot twist story prompts aren’t meant for the beginning or the end of stories. Rather, they’re for forcing big and small turns in the anticipated trajectory of a story. This is to make it more interesting for the readers and writers alike.

plot twist is an unexpected story development in a work of fiction. It changes the direction or outcome of the plot from where the audience suspected it would go.

Something unexpected happens. A plot twist can be cleverrevealing, or shocking. If you write well enough, it could be all three. The audience should never see a plot twist coming, yet it must still make sense. It must be plausible. A plot twist for the sake a plot twist is a bad idea and it will irritate your audience.

Three Tips

  1. Use misdirection. You can use red herrings to distract your readers.
  2. Use foreshadowing. It should be subtle. If you make it too obvious, you will ruin the surprise.
  3. Make it believable. Readers do not want to feel duped. The plot twist must be realistic enough for the reader to accept the twist.

Difficult Decision

When your character is in a difficult situation it can drive up the tension as he/she weights on the pros and cons of each option. Have your character struggle with a problem that has multiple solutions, even though many of the solutions may lead to new problems. This situation, of course, is why the decision is so difficult to make.

People (and fictional characters) make decisions every day (and in every story). The ‘difficult decision’ plot twist is one that can really drive up the tension in a story as the character weighs the pros and cons of each option.

Meanwhile, other characters in the story may be getting their hopes up or down and/or planning their actions and reactions simultaneously. Once the difficult decision is made, the tension breaks and the dominoes begin to fall often in expected and unexpected ways.

Plot twists require skillful misdirection. Good twists evolve from the components provided, but they also arise organically from character. 

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