Thursday, June 2nd 2011:
QUESTION: Writing scenes(Part One): How would you define a ‘twist’? Do you use a twist in every scene or just at the end of the book? Question provided by affiliate author L. P Robinson (Part one, part two is next week!)
I have read many twists in the thousands of books and short stories I’ve read down through my lifetime and those that have twists–when a character decides to do something the reader is not expecting–are those that seem to me to be the most enjoyable.
I used to think twists came only at the end of the story, but now I’m learning they vary in punch power and other strengths and may not even look like a common place twist at all.
To write a twist one simply needs to set up the scene and at the point where the character makes a decision such as whether to go or stay, whether to kill or not kill, whether to play or run, the writer simply chooses the character to do what the reader least expects.
Having written that, I can now say, Holly Lisle, that I do believe I’ve finally learned how to write a twist. Thank you.
Mind you, the twist better come off as quite possible or else you will lose your reader for sure.
The strongest twist would surely be at the end of the story–a punch that won’t allow the reader to forget it is what I’m aiming for in my stories.