Authors can always be served by returning to the basics of writing. We spend so much time focusing on the grand scale of books – plot, themes, sequels – that the simple pieces of writing which make a story stand out can be lost. This month, Writing Roots is focusing on the nitty gritty, from writing dialogue and humor to developing character voice.
There’s nothing quite like reading a book, expecting you know what’s coming, only to have a twist that surprises you in a good way. Those stories pull you in further, make you want to keep reading, to never put the book down. Plot twists like that, though, are difficult to craft. We discuss some principles that will help as you add twists to your own writing.
First aired January 30, 2020.