Once a writer starts writing a plot twist…weird things start to happen!
Check out my list below
- Evil writer smirk. This will appear as soon as your mind says, ‘plot twist‘. You will raise your head from your laptop or notepad and the evil smirk will spread quickly over your face.
- Flickering lights. The lights in the house will start to flicker.
- Loved ones quickly leave the room. The sight of your evil writer smirk will make those around you feel uncomfortable and want to exit the room quickly. Even though they love and care for you there is a darker side to you which they still don’t understand.
- Plot twist rationale. You run through your rationale for using a plot twist. It will energize your story whilst at the same time advancing your plot. It will be integral to the plot and the reader will understand in time why you have deceived them. You know that plot twists are dangerous writing devices and are not to be used willy-nilly.
- You prepare to catch the reader off guard. There is a bit of work for you in setting up the twist. You will start to weave in some foreshadowing, preparing your reader for something. You will be careful though not to show your hand.
- Evil writer snigger. As you start to write the actual plot twist and cause your reader some literary havoc you will start to snigger to yourself. This is a special kind of snigger.
- Pets exit the room. On hearing your evil snigger the dog will whine, the cat will hiss and the fish will go hide at the bottom of the tank. Pets sense evil.
- Temperature changes. As you get further into the plot twist the room will go very cold. A form of writer evil will now be present in the room with you.
- Post Plot Twist High. Once complete you will experience what we in the trade call a ‘post plot twist high’. This is where you, the writer, will get a sudden rush of euphoria at the thought of deceiving your poor, long-suffering reader. This may culminate in a soft moan of literary pleasure. Cue your loved ones and pets returning to the room and going about their business. They will avoid eye contact with you for a little while and may cast you some worried glances.
Good luck with those plot twists writers!
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