A good plot twist is a wonderful addition to a story. It can reframe how the reader views the rest of the story, spark a strong emotional reaction that will help them remember, or simply create a thrilling segment to experience. Writing a good plot twist takes planning and care (or for pantsers, a lot of detailed editing).
There are plenty of places to go wrong with plot twists. Namely, don’t try to make a twist just to shock and surprise the reader. It needs to make sense within the framework of the story. It’s actually better if the reader can figure it out just before its revealed. That helps the reader feel engaged and clever, which helps them like the book.
Listen to this episode for more on the dos and don’ts of writing plot twists.
First aired December 22, 2022.