Five Ways To Write a Dynamic Plot Twist


  1. Plot twists must be unique

The requirement of any good plot twist is that it must have a reasonable shot at surprising readers. That’s kind of the point, right? If readers figure it out ahead of time, they’re not going to be surprised. This means you can’t pull the same old gag and expect readers to simply fall for it.

  1. Plot twists must be executed cleverly

Again, the point is to catch readers off guard. In order to do that, you have to properly set up the twist. You have to predict it just enough to make it all make sense after the payoff. But you can’t tip your hand too soon—or readers will figure it out.

  1. Plot twists must advance the plot

Plot twists must be about more than fooling readers. There has to be a point to it all. Why is this deception going on under the surface? Why are the characters fooling the readers as well as, presumably, other characters? The elaborate deception in Christopher Priest’s The Prestige, the revelation of truth at the end of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, and the celebrated twist in M. Night Shymalan’s The Sixth Sense are all like the dot at the end of an exclamation point. They’re not twists just for the sake of a twist; they’re there to explain the plot itself.

  1. Plot twists must create story situations that build interests.

Most importantly of all, plot twists have to be able to create situations that readers will be excited to read. If someone figures out your twist ahead of time, that twist still needs to be able to create a compelling story situation that, instead of being disappointed, readers will be super-excited about the possibilities. Instead of saying, “Darn, I figured it out,” you want them to say, “Oh, please let that be what it is!” Who wasn’t excited by the possibilities when Darth Vader turned out to be Luke’s father? The results of the twist were even better than the twist itself.


  1. Plot twists must not take away from re-readability

If the focus is so intensely on the twist that your story loses power once readers figure out what’s going on, then you know something is wrong. The sign of a good story is that readers will love it just as much (if not more) when they enter it for a second time knowing how everything pans out.

Happy Writing!



Every Child Has A Story – Program Update


After School Program


Writing Workshop

Tuesday and Thursday

Time: 3:30 – 4:30 for 8 weeks (Closed on School holidays)

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Summer Schedule (4 week Program)


Writing Workshop

Date: To Be Announced (Session One)    

To Be Announced (Session Two)

Time: 11 am – 1 pm 

Days: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for

Location:  To Be Announced, Madison AL

Award Ceremony:  TBA


Fees for Summer Sessions:   Due 7 days prior to session start date.  You may pay online at www.giftedgenie.comMost credit cards accepted (No American Express)


Cost: $125.00 per child (ask me about family rate)

Workshops are specifically intended for ages 7 and up.


Workshop Goals

• Build a safe and productive writing community

• Establish Workshop rituals and rules

• Develop the understanding that writing has meaning

• Generate lots of thinking, talking and writing.

• Publish a completed story (Leather Bound Hard Copy)


Introduction of Story Plan –

PART ONEIntroduce the character and the setting. What is the mood of the character? Is she/he excited about something? What is she/he looking forward to? What has she/he planned? Is she/he bored?

PART TWO:  Character faces a problem. What is the mood of the character?

 1. Angry  

2. Upset  

3. Puzzled

4. How does she/he express the mood?


PART THREE: This is the part where the character is inactive, passive, but the character’s mind is busy with thoughts, ideas worries. She/he thinks about the current problem, why it had to happen, wonders how it will get resolved. The students are asked to set this scene in their mind.  She/he also contrasts the mood in PART ONE (excitement) and PART TWO (sorrow/ anger). This is also a time when the idea for a resolution may begin to develop in the character’s mind. Or perhaps this is the planning stage in a revenge story such as Karate Kid, where the kid trains.


PART FOUR: The Solution.

The character no longer faces the problem. As a twist, they could bring in another problem at the end.

Editing/Revising/Further developing

Hard Copy Review by Conferring

Ready For Print

Award Ceremony: Presentation of Certificate/Published Story in Hard Leather Bound Copy