Hello and welcome back. Today I would like to share some tips on making surprises in your writing. Another way to describe a surprise is a twist.
Tip 1: One way I used in No Remorse No Regret was to have a corrupt cop use the name Quincey. It doesn’t get revealed as to what the true identity of the police officer is until later in the book. This created a twist to the story that some people didn’t see coming.
Tip 2: Have a character needing to keep a secret from the others. I do this in the sequel to No Remorse No Regret. But it will be revealed in a later book as to what exactly the secret she’s keeping from the other characters. It’s not Melissa who is keeping the secret, it’s another character.
Tip 3: Create an ending that no one would have saw coming. If you read the Divergent series by Veronica Roth you will know what I am talking about. If you haven’t read it, make sure you do. I have to admit I didn’t see the ending coming – I won’t spoil it for you if you haven’t read it yet – and I was jarred for a few days afterwards. I couldn’t believe she ended it like that. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, it certainly took a lot of guts on her part to do that ending.
Anyway, I hope these tips help. Go out and make it a great day.