10 Ways to Create a Plot Twist | T.N. Tobias

Posted: November 27, 2010 in Writing Tips
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10 Ways to Create a Plot Twist

by T.N. Tobias on November 8, 2010 at 11:00 am in Writing

This entry is ~1100 words long and will take about 8.5 minutes to read.

vadertwistEvery story is more exciting with a twist. As a writer, though, it can be difficult to find that right scenario, that right moment and character to turn on its head and send the story veering into unpredictable new directions. It’s scary too. Wandering too far away from the tried and true summons more of the self-doubt that fictionists already seem to be full up on.

But, as with anything, there are templates to the twist or even ways to make your linear plot seem to have a twist simply by withholding information. Neat trick, huh? So here are ten general ways to introduce a plot twist, one of which is sure to fit into any manuscript. Be forewarned, giving examples of plot twists involves heavy spoilers. While I’ve tried to pick examples that are old enough and popular enough to be widely known, you’re mileage may vary.

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