Plot Twists.

Plot twists are great, right? Every book, story maybe even every chapter needs some sort of a twist, right?
Sure, but make sure you don’t overdo it. Never use “melodrama” or “random events” for twists or some excitement.

I remember adding a ridiculous little event at the end of a chapter, just for “emotions”, my main character drove away from the hospital and NEARLY got hit head on by an ambulance… But didn’t.
I read it back later on and vowed never to do anything like that again, it’s the ultimate give away of amateurism. If you want to provoke emotions, let real things happen that actually MATTER to the story. Don’t add random things.

Obviously this counts even more for plot twists; try to avoid cliché and ask yourself some serious questions about the plausibility of said plot twist. Don’t you hate movies where, at the end of the *film, you just sit there with an open mouth while bits of potato chip fall from your sticky tongue and a wet spot starts to form around your crotch because you suddenly realize: IT DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE!?
Yeah? That? No one likes that. Book or movie. Remember that.

Here’s a funny YouTube video that gives some hilarious insight into matters:

*Especially films by M. Night Shyamalan.

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