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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tuesday Writing Tip~Great Twists

Everyone loves a plot twist that is pulled off just right. The key is getting it just right. Readers don't like to be tricked or feel as though you've just dropped something in that doesn't fit.

#WriteTip: Weave in details that lead up to the twist early on in the action or emotion of your novel. Make it natural, fluid, so that when it's revealed they will have an 'ah ha' moment instead of a 'what the..?' moment.

What are some of your favorite plot twists in books you've read or movies you've seen? Why did you like them so much? Think about that and it will help you develop your own.

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18 comments:

  1. My favorite twist in any book is probably the one in Fight Club. Chuck P has a way of doing that in every one of his stories, so I find myself looking for that great twist, but I can never find it until the end. Then of course I go back and think 'oh okay that was stupid I should have seen that.'

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    1. He is brilliant at that. Great choice!

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  2. You're right, Heather, it's a difficult thing to write in things that may hint toward this twist. In my second novel, the twist came and I pretty much broad-sided people with it, but all the while, I gave little hints as to the people it involved, and they loved it.

    I loved the twist at the end of the Harry Potter series with Snape. We learn he loved Harry's mother. Every thing Snape did from the beginning up to that point suddenly made a lot of sense--and made me cry. I guess I like the emotionally gripping twists.

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    1. Little hints make all the difference, and your novel is a great example of how to do it right! :)

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  3. Oooo. I can't decide which twist I like more. There are so many books that have surprised me! But as Lorelei said, I like the emotional twists, too! :D

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  4. That's a great tip!

    I can't decide on a favorite plot twists . . . there are so many that come to mind from all different books. :)

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    1. I know what you mean. There are a lot of authors out there who do a great job at them.

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  5. Tricky to pull off, but when it works, it's magic. Best plot twist ever was Ron's rat in Harry Potter!

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  6. Thanks for a great post on a plot twist! I can't name you one but the best for me is always the twist at the end of the book (or movie) I did not see coming. Which is very rare these days. But when it happens... that would be great!

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    1. You're welcome Karlene. Thank you!

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  7. Such excellent advice: "Make it natural, fluid, so that when it's revealed they will have an 'ah ha' moment instead of a 'what the..?' moment." I might have to print that out and tape it to my home screen. :)

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  8. Great advice! I need to think about that and start keeping track. I do love a good twist at the end. One I don't see coming, but can then go back and trace to see that they truly did leave a trail of clues.

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    1. Me too! The ones we don't see coming are the best when pulled off right.

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  9. The risk of leading up to a plot twist is making them too obvious too early. It's not easy to create those ah-ha moments AND incorportate those much needed little details before the reveal.
    Great tip!

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    1. So true Lynda! It is a careful balance.

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