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Plot Twist – Revisited

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Plot Twist Ideas

What is a Plot Twist?

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.

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Quick Update

In the past few weeks, life has been moving too quickly. I haven’t had much time for some “me” time. There have been some set backs in the whole wedding planning but I think I have it back on track. Not to mention that there’s a lot of things I have to do until that special day. Luckily, I was able to find the PERFECT DRESS all in two hours. I’m glad that I was able to get that out of the way. At least now I have a some time to start looking at invitations and all that good stuff.

Unfortunately, my blogging has come to a stand still. Hopefully, I’ll find some breathing room and still post on here. I have found some wiggle room to keep working on a synopsis but it’s not much. Everything is on a snail’s pace right now but at least there’s some progress. I’ll have to wait and see how that goes.

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Synopsis: Tricks? Tips?

In a dusty drawer, there lives a story untouched for a very long time.

Well, sort of.

As the projects that I want to work accumulate, I go back to my more “essential” novels. What exactly does this mean? For starters, as I wasn’t able to complete writing The Vampire Prince returns to High School last month, I’ll still continue to write it in my free time. However, in my free “free” I’ve started working on the synopsis for a certain novel I’ve called Clan of Ash.

There’s some history to this story. I’ve actually sent this novel out to agents but without any success. I took a break from it and I’ve gone through it before, checking it for various things. Though the title of this post may suggest it, I’m not planning on sending out this novel right now. However, I’m using the process of writing a synopsis to help me out.

How does this work? Well, a synopsis is basically a summary of your novel that showcases the most important details to an agent. So, what I have done (and doing) is to read over my novel and summarize each chapter. As I’ve summarized, I have realized the details that have struck out to me (those being the most important).

Reading through each chapter and summarizing it, puts into perspective some story details that need to change or that are working correctly. This method makes me a step back and look at the bigger picture.

Not only that, once I’ve finished summarizing all the chapters, I can take a look and pick out what details I want to put into the future synopsis for this novel. Of course, the length of that synopsis depends on the agent’s submission guidelines. However, even if it’s only a page or two at most, you have all the details already in front of you. You can pick and choose what you need.

So far, it has worked for me. Writing a novel synopsis can be so stressful and overwhelming. However, I’ve found that this method works for me. It’s less stressful and I don’t feel so pressured or overwhelmed. So, when I’m ready (aka the novel) is ready to be sent out and I need a synopsis, I’ll know where to look. Most of that job is already completed.

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The Finish Line – Camp NaNoWriMo

Today is the last day for Camp NaNoWriMo. Unlike what I had planned to accomplish, I fell short of my goal. However, I did managed to arrive at my second goal once I figured out that 50k words wouldn’t possible this month. I’m actually proud of myself for that. Against all odds, I was able to sit down, write, and get further in the story (the sequel to the Vampire Princes goes to High School). Because of this, I’m have chapter written weeks in advance which gives me time to prepare and write more chapters. That’s a good feeling to have.

There are about 6 to 7 hours left of the event and I’m going to take that opportunity to keep writing. I doubt I will be able to increase my word count by much, and that’s not the goal, but I just want to write as much as I can during this event. There are more opportunities to write that are coming up so hopefully, I’ll be able to reach those goals.

In part, it had to do with the fact that starting a new job with a new scheduled made things a bit difficult to adjust. It didnt take too long but I believe that it did affect some part of writing. I also know that I’m also to blame so, it was a bit of both sides were the
“guilty” party so to speak. I’ll have to reflect on this month in general and proceed from there.

For those who are very close to hitting their goal, keep writing. There is plenty of time left. Don’t throw in the towel just yet. You’re almost there.

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Day 25th of April

We’ve run out of water . . . Actually, that’s a different story.

However, the fact still remains that April has gone by way too fast. Now that there is only five days until May, I realize that I need to get my butt in gear and, not only plan more for my wedding, but also write. That’s a lot to unpack right there. Combined, they tire and stress me out.

But, I would say that I am diligently writing every day. I can’t seem to hit my daily goal, but I have come to terms with the fact that I won’t write 50k words this month. If anything, I’m hoping to hit 25k or 30k depending on other factors. That doesn’t mean that I’m not going to try my hardest to reach those numbers.

While I may not be where I wanted to be by the end of the month, I have gotten a lot done. I’m moving further and further into the middle part of my novel (the Vampire Prince Returns to High School). Consequences of what happened in the previous book are coming up and I’m eager to reach that portion. It’s just something about writing conflict that excites me. It’s my favorite thing to write.

If I hit that point before the end of Camp NaNoWriMo, I might be able to write more than 25k or 30k words. Honestly, I think I just need a push, or in this case, a jump start, to sit down and write more than a thousand or less words per day. Plus, as we all know, the middle isn’t always the most exciting or easiest part to write (at least for me) regardless of the story.

That being said, I’m still on Arc 2 of writing. At this point, I’m not quite sure how the story is going to end. I don’t want to make it super long as the first story (the Vampire Princes goes to High School), but I also don’t want to end prematurely. At least for this book, I think it’s more of a set up to the last book than anything else. However, it must also be a stand alone story.

So far, I believe I’m doing that correctly. There are more topics and character relationships that I want and can explore. I also believe, I have a solid plot for this story. I’ll continue to believe this until I don’t anymore.

If I had any advice for myself, and anyone else, it wouod be to get to the parts that you want to write. If you have to skip around then, do so. Just remember to link the two scenes together. As I’ve mentioned before, Notecards help because you can physically see the scenes laid out in front of you instead of floating in your mind. Do what you have to do, to write.

P.S. I’m working on a new look so, the site might look a change over the next few days.