An Unpredictable (and Fun) Trick to Keep Your Plots Unpredictable keeping your plots unpredictable, writing twists, plotting – By Janice Hardy…

on Fiction University:

To write unpredictable scenes, try being unpredictable.

Plotting a novel can be a lot of fun, but it can also get a little tedious at times—trying to figure out the next step of a puzzle, crafting the perfect response to every choice your characters make, deciding when, where, and if you need a plot twist. When the muse is on your side the story flows quickly, but when she’s not?

For those days, try treating your scenes like a game of chance to kick start the muse and keep readers guessing.

All you need is a single die or a random number generator, and the courage to think outside the box. This exercise is fun, but it can also send your scene in a direction you never anticipated—and might not want to go. And that’s okay. You don’t have to go where the Muse of Chance sends you, but at least try to think about how that direction might affect the story.

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