How To Write Short Stories – Part Nine – How To Write Twist In The Tale Short Stories

If you have missed my previous parts the content is as follows –

Part One – General outline of what a short story entails

Part Two – How to get inspiration for your short story

Part Three – Characters

Part Four – Plotting Your Short Story

Part Five – Point of View in Short Stories

Part Six – Dialogue in Short Stories

Part Seven – First or Third Person

Part Eight – Beginnings and Endings

A twist in the tale short story is exactly as it sounds, it is a story with a twist in the plot that changes the story completely. The twist is usually found towards the end. Here are a few helpful tips for you if you are writing your own twist in the tale short story.

–          It needs to take the reader by surprise! It can be as shocking or daring as you like.

–          The longer you can spin it out, the better! The later you leave it, the more shocking it will be.

–          Build it up slowly, drop a few clues here and there but do not make it really obvious. Make it so that when the reader has found out then re-reads the story they will think ‘ahh how did I miss that?!’ This often happens to me when I am reading Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.

–          Although earlier in my first point I did say to make it as shocking or daring as you like, it still has to be believable to the reader or they will feel cheated.

–          A good trick is to use words, places or names which have double meanings. For example by referring to someone as Alex it could be either a boy or a girl and you can have the reader thinking one thing but then reveal it is in fact the other.

–          Try to avoid clichés such as ‘and then I woke up and realised it was all just a dream’, because this disappoints the reader.

–          Starting at the end of the story then working back is an easier way of writing it. So working out what your twist is going to be and then writing your plot adding your clues.

Hope these tips have helped you! My next part (part ten) is going to be the final part of my short story tutorials, it will be on how to write GHOST AND MYSTERY STORIES so keep your eyes peeled! Any questions/comments feel free to post below and I will respond back to you! 🙂


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