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How to write a plot twist

July 22, 2019
How to write a good plot twist

How to write a good plot twist your readers won’t see coming!

A good plot twist is the one the reader won’t see coming and create a shock to the reader. Good movies/books with a good plot twist are Gone Girl, The Prestige, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, The Sixth Sense to name a few. How to write a good plot twist?

It must be unique.

Any good plot twist is the one that surprises the reader if the reader figures out the twist; you lost the surprise element. What makes it unique? Readers are intelligent, so you must be ahead of them. If you read the book or seen the movie Gone Girl, I thought Nick will get revenge but didn’t and that blew my socks off.

A plot twist need to be executed in a clever way.

Another way to execute a plot twist is the use a foreshadowing. Include enough foreshadowing to make the plot twist make sense to finally pay off.

The plot twist must advance the plot.

A plot twist needs to be more than fooling your readers. There needs to be a point to it. A clear example of this is the deception in The Prestige, and the most famous of all is from The Sixth Sense. These are not just twists, but they explain the plot of the story.

Plot Twist must create a situation

A plot twist is the reason to make the readers want to read the story. If someone figures out the twist, the story needs to be engaging enough not to make the reader not to feel disappointed. Were you excited when Darth Vader announced to Luke that he was his father? I couldn’t wait to see what will happen next. The result of the twist was better than the twist itself.

Plot twist mustn’t take away the readability.

A reader can figure out the twist, but they know something is wrong. The story needs to be good to make the reader go on reading to see how everything unfolds.

Happy writing and reading xx

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