We have already talked about the idea, some character basics, and character Archetypes. Next thing I need to look at is the end.
Why start at the ending? Ideally a short story has a twist at the end. But it needs to be a twist that once the reader knows about it, it makes perfect sense. The proverbial Chekhov’s Gun is planted at the beginning.
What makes a good twist? Merriam Websters has a lot of interesting definitions, but none helped answer that question for me.
As a funny aside, did you know if you look up ‘plot twist’ on Webster’s online it suggests pot roast?
I did some googling, but never really struck gold. The best list was on wikipedia. I decided after reading the references I dug up, to use the top ten method to come up with my twist.
For Max Femur, my soccer loving skeleton who lost his head, what would be a twist on why he lost it?
- They stole his head to hang in the office for a best employee of the month
- They stole his head to lure him to his birthday party (or undead day?)
- It was the only way the team could get him on a blind date with the girl he had a crush on.
- His head was going to be a soccer ball in the game
- His head was actually hungover from too much drinking and was in his back pack
- His head was stolen by an undead hunter
- He went to hit the head and left his there instead
- He accidentally grabbed the soccer ball instead of his head at the post game celebration.
- It was a new technique to be one with the ball (akin throwing wenches in Dodge Ball).
- He was getting his skull polished for a date.
Some interesting ideas.
What do you do to find the twist? Or what do you like in your twist?