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Cure for Writer’s Block – #012 Crazy Plot Twists

Cure for Writer’s Block – #012

Crazy Plot Twists

Cure for Writer's Block - #012 Crazy Plot Twists

Cure for Writer’s Block – #012 Crazy Plot Twists

I found this picture, and I became obsessed with it. I even had it as my desktop background for awhile, and it even made it onto my phone as the wallpaper. It’s not about the drawing itself, it’s the simplicity of the idea. Plot Twist. Waldo Finds Himself. I mean really, when you think about it, it’s genius.

Creating Your Plot Twists

What is plot? Plot as defined by Wikipedia, and nearly every other website on the net, is a term used to define the events of a story as they relate to one another in a pattern or sequence. That pattern can be created through cause and effect, coincidence or in the way the reader views the story.

The problem most writers face – it seems as if every plot has been used:

  • Girl meets boy, girl falls in love, boy breaks girl’s heart, boy apologizes, everyone is happy.
  • Young child doesn’t fit in, realizes he has magical powers, must defeat ultimate evil so good prevails.
  • Normal person discovers vampires and man beasts are real, tries to integrate among them, falls in love with the Alpha or the head vampire, everyone lives happily ever after.
  • Lawyer tries to defend something they think is innocent, finds out they are guilty, person gets away with it.
  • Suicidal retired detective, the case that got away, he nearly dies to solve it, he gets the bad guy.
  • The who-dunnit complete with a long list of red herrings.
  • …And the list goes on and on.

So how do you make your plot more interesting? More engaging for readers?

You twist it, you turn it on its head and turn it into something completely different. Give the reader something unexpected. Think of the predictable way your plot could go, and give the reader something they are not expecting. The real tricky part is to do this and still make the plot and the sequence believable.

If you’re looking for a great example of writers surprising their readers with incredible plot twists, I would check out Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl if you haven’t already.

Exercise

Just in the same way that Waldo found himself, take any plot that you know of, even one you are currently working on, and change it. Give the reader something unexpected.

Examples:

  • Twilight – Bella decides to kill all the vampires she can find.
  • The Hunger Games – Everyone in the games decide to sit and ‘wait it out’.
  • Little Red Riding Hood – It turns out she’s an even bigger wolf than the one that ate her grandmother, and she was trying to trap him.

Literally use anything. Get creative with it!

Now write, and let me know what you come up with.

 

About Bianca

Bianca Dean is a writer from NYC. She's specialized in writing, marketing and graphic design.