Kassandra Carrillo received her B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. She enjoys writing dark paranormal fiction. However, she has dabbled in writing fantasy as well, science fiction, western, short stories, poetry, and scriptwriting but she prefers writing novels. In her spare time, Kassandra edits, proofreads, and copy-edits college essays and writes content for Gamer Nation News.
After the long vacation, I took from writing, I like to say that I’m back.
The last time you heard from me was that I was getting married and I apparently forgot how to time manage a lot of things. However, I’m here to say that I’m happily married and, now that everything has calmed down, I’m ready to restart my writing adventure. Truth be told, I didn’t exactly stop altogether but I wasn’t as focused on it as I should have been. I had been updating my Wattpad story, The Vampire Prince Returns to High School, as well as, continuing to rewrite The Vampire Princes goes to High School (the first in the series).
As it stands now, I want to focus more on getting my novels published. I can’t say that this is my New Year’s resolution mostly because it’s something that I always wanted to do and it’s not new. I have started looking for potential agents for a novel of mine I’ve titled Clan of Ash as motivation to finish revising the last handful of chapters. Sending out queries is a little too early at the moment but I’ll use whatever works to get me motivated.
Lastly, thanks to everyone who has followed me. I hope to update more frequently in the future. I don’t have a schedule yet. I’m going to play it by ear and see how it goes.
It’s been an exhausting two weeks and I finally got a breather.
This past week I had a family emergency put a stop on everything I had planned. Everyone is alright but the house isn’t and, well, it was a lot to take in. Still is but we’re managing. I’m trying to get everything back on track but, quite honestly, I don’t know where to start.
I do have some good news. Plans for the wedding are moving forward. My maid of honor has found the perfect color and I’m looking for wedding invitations now. I got offered a job that will help me continue on the path of becoming a teacher. I haven’t changed from what I want to do (be a full-time author that supports me) but, honestly, I don’t mind being a teacher as a day job. Eventually, I’d like to teach creative writing and I think it’s a good way to go.
Among other news, I did learn how to crochet and I have gotten decent at it, if I do say so myself. I’ve got about 10 or so small projects completed.
Though I am a few days behind, I do plan on participating in Camp NaNoWriMo for July but as I mentioned before, I’ll be focusing on revision. There is some stuff that I have to figure out with the website since the layout is different from actually writing but it shouldn’t be too bad.
Hopefully by next week, I’ve gotten back into the flow of things.
A plot twist is a literary device where the author subverts knowledge that a reader already knows or think they have figured out. It’s used to disrupt the flow of the story in a new direction. It’s also used to prevent stories from being predictable.
My two cents
In my writing, I don’t tend to think about plot twists from the start. At times, I don’t think about them at all. It just so happens that as I write, I suddenly think of a twist an include that in the novel. Usually, I think of this as something that just developed from my writing as opposed to purposely knowing I was going to put that plot twist in the story.
I believe that to purposely put in a plot twist, you have to know from the beginning that there is a plot twist. Or at least, had a vague idea of one, otherwise it would seem like the whole idea was shoe-horned in. There’s a fine line between coincidence (and it just happened to turn out that way) and forcing something to happen that shouldn’t. In those instances, the plot twist doesn’t seem natural.
Plot twists aren’t necessary, in my opinion, to make a good story. There might be surprising turn of events but I don’t consider that a plot twist specifically. I feel most plot twist are used in crime/ mystery fiction. Much like romance, there is a certain formula those genre novels follow. IMHO, plot twists are part of that formula.
Whether a novel needs a plot twist or not, is up to the author. Is there such thing as too many plot twists? I would say no but use it sparingly. As a reader, my heart can’t take too many roller coasters so, please be mindful. As an author, I’d use it sparingly when I intentionally use a plot twist.
by Phoebe Quinn If you’re reading this, I’m guessing that being a full-time writer, a fully-fledged author, is one of your dream scenarios. Working for yourself and doing what you love – it couldn’t get better. Unfortunately, most of us have a day job, and it may not be that great. My employment […]