on Writers on the Move:
Plot twists are an established tool to writing intriguing stories, whether for books, movies, TV, or other. These helpful tools create a more engaging story for the reader.
According to Wikipedia, “A plot twist is a literary technique that introduces a radical change in the direction or expected outcome of the plot in a work of fiction. When it happens near the end of a story, it is known as a twist or surprise ending.”
Plot twists stop predictability and can be used in any genre of fiction.
So, what does that mean?
Imagine your reader, midway through the book, saying to herself, “Oh, yeah, she’s the villain. She did it.”
This is predictability.
Sometimes this is a good thing. Some readers like to know what’s going on. They want the obvious.
But, lots of readers like being surprised.