The Plot Twist Formula

A plot twist gets people talking about a book. It’s what makes readers gasp aloud, tell their friends, and re-read the story after they’ve finished.


As a writer, it seems hard to come up with a great twist that readers don't see coming. But it doesn't have to be complicated! Let's look at the anatomy of a twist and how we can use proven patterns to add one (or several) to your novel.


In this lesson, we'll cover:


  • Three strategies for writing a great plot twist.

  • Common devices used in blockbuster stories, like red herrings.

  • How to surprise and delight readers (without going overboard with an out-of-nowhere twist).


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