After watching the series finale of Game of Thrones, I thought about the role plot twists play in storytelling. They can make or break a story. They can excite a reader or completely turn them off.
When I’m working on a story, sometimes I come up with the plot twist while I’m planning the story. That allows me to plan how the plot twist will fit within the story.
Then you have the reverse.
Sometimes, I’ll write a story without planning. Then to make things more stressful, I’ll throw a plot twist into the story just because. I know, I know. I’ve learned not to do this because I end up having to rework parts of the story I’ve already written to fit the plot twist. Or, let the plot twist go and rework the story.