Plotting Twist


Plot Twist: An unexpected development in a story, movie, or play.

Great! Now we know the definition. We all love a well told story with characters that leap off a page, entice our imaginations, and draw us into the world they live in. But it wouldn’t be much of a story if there were no conflict or goals to reach. And if the goals were too easy to reach, then it’s kind of a boring story. Don’t you just love watching a movie or television program and thinking, “Boy, I didn’t see that coming.” That’s the plot twist.

One of my favorite shows to watch when I have the time, is “Once Upon a Time.” If you’re not familiar with it, the premise is your favorite fairy tale character lives in a town called “Storybrooke” Cute, huh? But, your favorite fairy tale characters come with their own “twist”, all is not as it seems in the tiny little town in Maine. The plot is forever twisting and that is what keeps folks like me coming back for more. I will give you an example. Mr. Gold is the proprietor of a shop in Storybrooke, it looks like an ordinary second hand shop filled with treasures. But in Fairy Tale land, Mr. Gold is Rumplestiltskin, a mighty wizard who lost his humanity to his love of dark magic and torturing others’ souls. A beast if you will. Now the beast is tamed by a young lady named Belle. So, it’s the same story, but with a bit of a twist.


So how do you find plot twist for your own story? Here are a few suggestions I have learned from “Once Upon a Time.”

  1. Everyone has a secret or something they have done in their lifetime that they are ashamed to have others find out about. No one is perfect.
  2. Take a character’s worst fear and make them face it.
  3. Expose a lie, and see how it reaps within the lives of your character and those around them.
  4. Let the hero/heroine lose and see how they deal with it.
  5. Appearances are not all they seem. Some characters could be hiding an ulterior motive.
  6. Kill someone – but it doesn’t have to be a main character. It can be a minor character that effects how your character acts the rest of the story.
  7. Put obstacles in the way of the goal.
  8. Lose something you need to achieve your goal.
  9. Get your hero/heroine in as much trouble as possible and see how they get out of it.
  10. Everyone has a weakness. Use it to the full advantageI am sure you could come up with your own twist for your story. The main point is to liven things up a bit, shake up your protagonist world. We don’t always get what we want in life, and outside forces that we can’t control challenge us every day. Why should your characters have it any easier? Just twist thing up a bit.


4 thoughts on “Plotting Twist

  1. Great post, Tammy. I have been saying if you want to learn how to write great back story (which I believe is one of the keys to twists and turns) you need to watch Once Upon a Time. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thank you, Fay Lamb. I appreciate you taking the time to read my post. I enjoy “Once.”

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