Posts Tagged ‘tips’

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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Shifting the blocks

November 4th, 2010 by Juliet Marillier

I hate structural editing. I think I’m quite a lazy writer. In my ideal world I would finish the manuscript and find that the only editing required was a quick trawl through to pick up clunky style, repeated words etc. Because I am a planner par excellence, and because I edit so much as I go, I should be able to achieve that with no trouble. Sometimes I have.

My work in progress is a young adult novel, the first in a new series called Shadowfell, and I’ve been aiming at a word count somewhere between 90,000 and 120,000. Past experience suggested I’d finish closer to the upper figure. My critique group has been reading a couple of chapters a month and providing very useful feedback as I progress, and I’ve been working in my usual way, continuously revising the earlier chapters as I add new ones. About a month ago, at around 70,000 words, I saw a structural problem looming.

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Editing A Novel With Steve Parolini, The Novel Doctor

by Joanna Penn on November 14, 2010

Podcast: Download (Duration: 30:51 — 15.6MB)

This interview dispels a the myths about what editors do and gives writers some great tips on how to improve their manuscript before submission/pitching.

Steve Parolini, the Novel Doctor, has been an editor for over 20 years working on everything from curriculum to study guides to self-help books to fiction. He is a freelance editor, collaborating with a variety of publishing houses and individuals on books of all kinds.

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