Due to a variety of reasons (and probably because the google gremlins like me), my blog usually shows up very high in most writing-related searches. Some others too, but that’s not the point.
Most of the blogging related key-words do have some answers somewhere in the bowls of this blog, but a few of them slip through the cracks. Or they don’t get their due attention from me.
Because of that, I’m getting into the habit of checking the key-words every week and see if I can answer the implied questions every Wednesday except for the first one of every month. I might even invite others to join my war on writing ignorance soon, but for today, I’ll fight alone.
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Plot twists that everyone loves. Now the idea that I get from the phrase is that whoever did this search wants a list that he/she can throw into his/her story at random to get an exciting and lovable manuscript.
Uhm… sadly, my deluded lost one, I have to say that there is no such list. Even if it did, do you really want to chuck in all sorts of popular (and most likely hackneyed) twist into your story?
Don’t say yes.
In order to have plot twists that everyone loves, you need to create them in a way that everyone will love.
How are you supposed to do that?
Firstly, by constructing your story well enough to carry the twist without stressing the reader’s suspension of disbelief too far. The secret to this is in lying the foundation early on. NOTHING annoys a reader as much as Deus ex Machina (the appearence of a plot solution out of thin air) in any story, so make sure that every twist you write in has its origins in some point earlier on.
Long lost uncles and aunts no longer cut it. Nor does a twist born out of existent roots but insufficient detail. I’m looking at you, Master Crime Writer Who Annoys the Crap Out of Me.
Yes, your main characters are allowed to be super smart or almost invincible (although, where’s the fun in that?), but panning away from the character’s view point in order to maximize suspense and then have him/her save the day without us being there to see it happen, is a cop-out.
And no one likes a cop-out. Look out for variations of these words in your manuscript: “It happened like this…” “It was as simple as…”, “The villain thought this, but in reality…”
If you really want a plot twist that everyone loves, make sure that there are ample subtle hints that the twist is possible throughout the story (no, I can’t stress this enough). Then distract the reader from it so that they don’t think about it until it happens. When it comes to a plot twist, the reader reaction you should always strive for is as follows:
3) Oh! I should have seen this coming.
Less than this is acceptable, but mediocre. Less than this will have readers liking/tolerating your twist, but not loving it.
What say you, writing friends? How does one create plot twists that everyone loves?