When it comes to stories, everyone LOVES a good twist. Whether this is in a movie, short story, or a novel audiences LOVE to be fooled. Twists and misdirection can not only cultivate passionate fans, but they’re crucial elements that keep any story from the dreaded label…”formulaic.”
Who wants to spend precious time with a movie, am HBO series, or a book that anyone with one eye and half sense could predict the ending?
I believe the greatest compliment any story can earn is the surprising yet inevitable ending. When we craft a story, ideally the reader will finish and say two things.
I never saw that coming and How did I NOT see that coming?
Word wizardry is not easy, so a colleague of mine has been generous enough to write a guest post for today. C.S.Lakin is a fantastic speaker and teacher. She’s here to teach us to TWIST, BABY, TWIST!
Take it away, Susanne!
To read C.S. Lakin’s entire post, please go to Kristen Lamb’s blog: