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Masterclass snapshots: must plot twists always be misfortunes or disasters? And where does your story end?


Our re-blog today is another wonderful exploration by Roz Morris.

While it might seem to be “just for writers”, I feel readers could also enjoy it and learn a bit about the challenges of their writers :-)

Nail Your Novel

guardian classHello! I know I’ve been uncharacteristically quiet. I’ve been trying to finish a rather exciting project that’s turned into a corkscrew of learning curves. It’s not quite there yet, but the end is nigh.

Which also seems an appropriate way to introduce this post. Yesterday I was back at The Guardian, teaching an advanced editing masterclass, and as usual, my students gave as good as they got. Here’s one of our discussions.

I was talking about major plot twists and how they usually made the situation worse or added a new complication. One student said could you have a nice event as plot twist?

How interesting. Well, it depends. If it s a pleasant event because it solves the character’s main problem, that would probably end the story. But if it s a stroke of luck or a turn for the better, well that might be quite surprising. The…

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2 responses to “Masterclass snapshots: must plot twists always be misfortunes or disasters? And where does your story end?

  1. Roz Morris @Roz_Morris October 13, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Aha, we’re revealing our secrets! Thanks, Alexander!

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    • Alexander M Zoltai October 13, 2016 at 2:04 pm

      Me? Reveal secrets?? Nope… :-) Just uncovering what was never really secret………

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