Novel Writing: Is the Twist too Obvious?

Uninspired Writers

Morning writers! I hope you are well.

One feeling I’ve had since I started planning my novel, and one that’s certainly intensified as I write and re-write, is worry. I am writing a murder mystery, and keeping the killers identity a secret until the end is pretty hard to do. It’s not hard to leave the reveal to the end, but it is hard trying to make sure the twist isn’t too obvious.

I’m sure plenty of you can resonate here. Don’t you hate it when you read a story that promises a shock twist, only to find out it’s what you’d been expecting all along? With these worries in mind, I’d like to share some tips and thoughts on the matter.

1. Remember, it’s obvious to you
I have no idea if my plot twists are obvious. So far, I am the only person who has read my story…

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One thought on “Novel Writing: Is the Twist too Obvious?

  1. I just had this discussion with a writer working on their first novel. Screenplay writers are notorious (in my eyes) for recycling the same damn twists and making the ending obvious. With so much out there, it’s hard to come up with a twist that hasn’t been done to death.

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