Do you like plot twists or do not care for them? Maybe you even hate them? We enjoy them as long as the plot twists make sense. We also like being surprised by them.
Let’s take a moment to discuss what a plot twist is. A plot twist is a drastic change in the direction the story line is going, whether it’s a novel, film, television series, video game, or anything else you can think of. It’s generally used to keep the interest of the audience. It also surprises them with an “eye-opener” of some sort.
For Full Moon Rising, our readers told us there were several areas in the story where they didn’t expect what happened to happen. We hadn’t thought of them as plot twists, but from the way our readers have responded, we’ve had to reconsider it as being as such. It certainly didn’t feel like a plot twist to us. I think this comes in the way we write, without the outline. Writing this way allows us to write freely, and yes, sometimes surprise ourselves. It’s like the quote by Robert Frost, “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”
We feel this is what Robert Frost was talking about. As a writer you have to move yourself to tears before you can move anyone else to cry. You also have to be willing to ditch the outline at times to surprise yourself, so you can surprise the reader.
Feel free to use plot twists as needed, but we caution the overuse of them. It’s one of the things which annoys me as a reader. The overuse of plot twists. I rapidly lose interest in the story.