Plot Twists

Learn all about plot twists

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Want to bring your child’s story writing ability to the next level? Utilizing literary techniques to enhance the complexity of their stories will make their stories go from good to great! A surprising story plot is one way to keep your readers engaged with your story, which can be done with the use of plot twists. There are several different things that make a good story: expansive vocabulary, character development, and an exciting plot. Writing plot twists can make a plot much more exciting. This lesson will help your child understand what plot twists are, why they are important, and how to use them!

What are plot twists?

A plot twist is a literary technique in which an unexpected change in the story occurs. It is typically a very significant change that the readers didn’t see coming. A plot twist involves an unpredictable shift in a story, which catches readers off-guard and encourages them to keep reading.

Why are plot twists important?

Plot twists are important because they make a story much more interesting and exciting! Readers will not want to stop reading after you employ a plot twist. This is because plot twists catch readers off-guard because they didn’t expect to see such a sudden change in your story! Anything you can do as an author to keep your readers on their toes will keep them interested in your story, which is why plot twists can be so useful in story writing.

How do you write a plot twist?

Plot twists are really easy to identify in someone else’s story, but are much harder to write in your own story. They require some creative thinking. Here are some tips for your child to create good plot twists in their stories:

  1. Build tension from the start of the story that will lead up to your plot twist. This makes your plot twist much more exciting once it actually happens!
  2. Make sure your plot twist makes sense within the context of your story. Although plot twists need to be surprising, they also need to be believable.
  3. Don’t introduce the plot twist too soon into the story, or you won’t surprise your readers! You need to build up the story first.

Examples of Plot Twists

The Red Herring

This type of plot twist is often found in a detective story or a mystery. This is one of the most widely used types of plot twists. The idea is to mislead your reader and hide the truth from them until the big reveal moment.

All In The Imagination

In this type of plot twist, the author reveals to the readers that part (or all) of the plot they had just read about did not really happen; it was all in one of the character’s imaginations. This plot twist comes as a shock to the readers because it makes them question everything they had read up until this point in the story.

The Flashback

The flashback plot twist involves showing the readers a specific memory from the mind of one of the characters that reveals shocking or important details from the past. This type of plot twist doesn’t change the plot in real-time but is exciting because of the new information that the reader discovers.

Who is the real villain?

With this type of plot twist, the author attempts to convince the reader that they know exactly who the villain is from the beginning of the story. There is usually one obvious villain from the start. However, as the story continues, the author reveals the real villain, which turns out to be someone the readers never would’ve expected.

Activity & Resource

Now that we've provided solid background information about plot twists and why they’re important, we’ve prepared a plot points activity for your child that they will find helpful to start brainstorming creative plot ideas. Good luck!

Activity working on plot twists

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