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Author Topic: A Twist in the Tale  (Read 1416 times)

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James

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A Twist in the Tale
« on: January 08, 2008, 07:13:26 AM »

Though I am a professional writer of non-fiction, I am fairly new to mystery writing. I am writing a short story which has a twist in the tale. About three pages in I suddenly discovered that I could introduce yet another twist that would stand the original twist on its head. Now, nearing the end of the story, I find I can introduce a third twist that is completely logical and yet would be a total surprise.

My question is: how many twists do you think I can introduce at the end of a story before the reader tires of them?
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Re: A Twist in the Tale
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2008, 10:04:50 AM »

Not sure how long your story is, but I would go for it.  Readers like twists so long as you can keep them involved in between.
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Re: A Twist in the Tale
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2008, 11:17:23 AM »

I agree: Go for the twists. Readers love to be turned upside down if it's logical.

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Re: A Twist in the Tale
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2008, 09:06:05 PM »

Mystery readers are a notoriously twisted bunch -- keep it up!
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Re: A Twist in the Tale
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2008, 06:56:05 AM »

The most important thing to consider with each new twist is, does it seem plausible and believable based on what has allready taken place in the plot? Would a reader be able to say, "Damn, I should have seen that coming!" or exclaim, "Wow! I never would have thought that would happen." However, if they read it and frown, closing the book because you've lost them at that point in time, then the twist doesn't work.

In a mystery, unexpected twists and turns are the norm, not the exception, but they have to work each and every time.
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Re: A Twist in the Tale
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2008, 11:41:19 AM »

Every scene--every beat if possible--should contain some form of reversal, though not necessarily a twist.

The twist ending or major plot twist seems to be a device that entertains some people, but I've about given up on trying to write them.  I just think you either like that kind of thing or you don't.  If I really liked plot twists, I would have read a lot more of them.  It's more constructive to survey what you do know and try to see how that relates to mystery.

If you enjoy reading and writing plot twists, I don't see why you should limit yourself to two.
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