Theme: Quotes from Authors and Bookish People about Writing
Three weeks of intense blogging, that’s what the A to Z challenge has been about so far. How many posts did you schedule in advance? Did you follow a theme? Did you wing it?
I scheduled most of the content for the posts on this blog, other than these greetings. I check in each day and click ‘Publish’ after checking if everything is ok. On Daily (w)rite, I’m writing a story a day, though I’ve often dreamt about them this month, mostly when awake!
If you’ve been to their blogs, I have for you yet another topic for discussion on Fiction: Twists! Twists in a story leave a reader gasping, and make them wonder why they didn’t see it before.
There is no formula for devising a great twist, because every plot is
different and any number of things can work in a story. My trick for
twisting my plot is pretty simple: Reader expectations…You want to give readers what they expect, but not in the way they expect it. —Janice Hardy
Try to think of what, within that fundamental situation, could go surprisingly wrong, yet seem believable and reasonable,
within that context, when it happens…Your twist must satisfy and
improve upon what it substitutes for, not just change it to something
else. — Ansel Dibell
A plot twist is basically an unexpected direction that the narrative takes. They are designed to keep the reader guessing, to maintain a level of interest and atmosphere, and to move the story in a new direction – in other words it helps maintain the momentum of the story and helps to move it forward. Plot twists are also useful for wrong footing the reader by making them think something might happen in a certain way, when in fact the complete opposite takes place and thus it surprises them. The idea is to make the reader comfortable with the story, and then change direction. This ploy keeps them turning the page. — A J Humpage
Look for events, developments, and twists that work in two or more ways at once,
or that have multiple implications, meanings, or consequences. These
can be among the most powerful elements in any piece of fiction.— Scott Edelstein
Good twists are enormously hard to come by, and I think the best ones are earned ones. The idea that a story can take a left turn on you, it’s easy to do, but it has to be done very, very carefully, or else you risk losing the audience’s trust.–Damon Lindelof
Do you love plot twists as a reader? As a writer do you try to raise questions in the minds of the reader, then answer them? How do you plan twists?