Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Element of Surprise

So, here I was thinking about the lame way I stopped my storyline yesterday and trying to figure out where to take the plot from here.  Then I remembered:  When in doubt, throw in the Element of Surprise.  Find a plot twist your readers won't be expecting and chuck it in there.  Put your MC into a quandary.  Hurt someone she loves.  Hurt her.  Betrayal works well, too.  Whatever works to save you from having to delete and gets you back on track.  You can fix the lame stuff later.  What you need to do now - if you're in NaNo, or even if you're just stuck and your writing style allows for pantsing - is get words onto the page, and this is an excellent way to get past lameness to real words again.  

Anyway, I found my twist.  Now I just have to find the best way to write it.  Wish me luck.

And good luck to all of you.

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  1. WOOHOO for twists. They really make my day. Good luck!

  2. Good luck with your twist! I'm sure it will be surprising and unexpected and nothing short of fantastic.

  3. Love when an author throws in a twist - and I've learned to do it myself (usually surprising the hell out of me, too).

    Glad to know you're plugging away at NaNo - looking forward to reading more about your adventure :)