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How to Write a Great Plot Twist: Really Useful Links by Amanda J Evans

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I had a discussion last week about plot twists with another writer. Love them or hate them, they are often the cause for discussion and if you want to know how to write a great plot twist, then the links below should help.

  1. https://writersedit.com/fiction-writing/10-simple-tips-writing-clever-plot-twists/ – 10 Simple Tips for Writing Clever Plot Twists: This first article is from Writer’s Edit and it contains 10 great tips on how to write plot twists. Believe it or not, plots twists are a lot harder than you think so how do you do it? In this article, the 10 tips are explained in detail. They include approaching the story as a reader, how to use subtle misdirection, foreshadowing, and more. Do take the time to have a read through.
  2. https://blog.reedsy.com/plot-twist-ideas-examples/ – 70+ Plot Twist Ideas and Examples Guaranteed to Blow Your Mind Away: The second link for this week is from the Reedsy Blog and it begins with an explanation of what a plot twist is before moving on to so great plot twist ideas that you might already be familiar with. There are some great examples included as well. A lot of the examples are taken from popular movies that everyone will be familiar with including Star Wars and the ‘I am your father,’ plot twist.
  3. https://nybookeditors.com/2018/02/all-about-plot-twists/ – All About Plot Twists: This post from the NY Book Editors is packed with great information. It begins by talking about what makes a good plot twist followed by a detailed explanation of how to create a solid plot twist that will work in your story. There are some dos and don’ts included in this article as well.
  4. https://nofilmschool.com/Plot-twist-examples – How to Write and Recognize a Plot Twist (W/Examples): This post comes from the No Film School blog and it looks at plot twist ideas, how to write them, and provides a number of examples to help you learn more. There’s even a video of the top 10 movie plot twists that you can watch as well as videos of some of the most recognized twists like Sixth Sense, Star Wars, and more. The article begins with a definition of what a plot twist is as well as explaining why they are loved. There’s a section on how to write a plot twist ending too. Lots of great information that I’m sure you’ll find useful in your novel.
  5. https://writeitsideways.com/5-tips-for-writing-an-effective-plot-twist/ – 5 Tips for Writing an Effective Plot Twist: This article is taken from the Write It Sideways blog and it says, that the best plot twist is an unexpected one. It also gives you five excellent techniques that you can consider using when writing your own plot twist such as giving your story an open ending, using an unreliable narrator, reversing character roles, and even killing someone off.
  6. https://prowritingaid.com/art/602/How-to-Write-a-Mind-Blowing-Plot-Twist-Like-Gone-Girl.aspx – How to Write a Mind-Blowing Plot Twist Like Gone Girl: This final link is from Pro Writing Aid and it looks at the different types of plot twists, how to twist readers’ assumptions, tips for creating your own plot twist, and more. The different types of plot twists section is sure to give you plenty of ideas for your own story and there are plenty of great examples scattered throughout the article too.

I hope you enjoyed the links today and I look forward to bringing you some more Really Useful Links next week. If there is a topic that you would like to see covered, get in touch and I will see what I can do.

(c) Amanda J Evans

www.amandajevans.com, Facebook and Twitter: @amandajevans

About the author

Amanda J Evans is an award-winning Irish author of YA and Adult romance in paranormal and fantasy genres. Growing up with heroes like Luke Skywalker and Indiana Jones, her stories centre on good versus evil with a splice of love and magic thrown in too. Her books have all won awards and her latest novella, Hear Me Cry, won the Book of the Year Award at the Dublin Writers Conference 2018. Amanda has been featured in a number of poetry anthologies in 2017 and 2018 including A Bowl of Irish Stew, a charity anthology for Pieta House and her short story Moonlight Magic was included in the Owl Hollow Press Anthology, Under the Full Moon’s Light, published in October 2018. Amanda is currently polishing her novel, Winterland, which will be submitted to agents and publishers in 2019, and is also working on a Bronte inspired story for an anthology due for publication in 2020. Amanda is also the author of Surviving Suicide: A Memoir from Those Death Left Behind, published in 2012. You can find out more on her website www.amandajevans.com, Facebook and Twitter: @amandajevans

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