Writing plot twists is much harder than it looks. Imagine how you might react to this particular story. What potential twists and turns immediately come to mind? Note all these down, and then discard every one of them as a potential plot twist.
I became addicted to Mills and Boons. And yes, the libraries also stocked quiet love stories interwoven with history, passion, humour and pain by writers like Denise Robins, Victoria Holt, Georgette Heyer and the incomparable Daphne du Maurier, but they got slotted as literary romances.
Our impromptu book gatherings were more giggle-fests than bitch-fests. Well, those were uncomplicated times, calling for uncomplicated plot points. Then life intervened in the plot, as it always does. Nothing stealthy or furtive about my love, thank you.
As if it stood for all things unreal, superficial, escapist — veritably the dumb blonde of the publishing world. If occasionally, the book jacket was a particularly lurid bodice-ripper, then it was read concealed in a larger brown-paper covered, innocuous book.
But it was read. And along the way, I got to know my romance grain from the chaff, the gold from the dross. My respect and admiration for the aforementioned Charlotte Lamb grew.
Lamb had imbued the common or garden romance with much emotion, much delving into the human psyche, some walking the darker paths and much hot romance, but of course. Instead, they were imperfect, afraid of their own feelings and sexuality.
Her heroes were not the archetypal macho studs; they battled with their emotions just the way their women did. InI wrote my first book. I now wanted to write a romance. Photo courtesy Milan Vohra Facebook The first check came at my desktop.
I had some sort of basic story but writing it proved rather difficult. What I had in mind was, in local parlance, simplagi ondhu love story. No slashers lurking at the nukkad.
No murk or mystery to solve even as X found a soulmate in Y. No spells of deep depression or manic mood swings to negotiate alongside hot dates. Basically, an uncomplicated plot point in our complicated times.
Then, I had grown up on a diet of romances where men proclaimed, women declaimed… much words, mostly of a descriptive kind and a little action, neatly wrapped in suggestions and euphemism. But romances now were mostly action, and hot and heavy action at that. This meant writing up a love story in the era of 50 Shades of you-know-which-colour.
Truth be told, amping up the passion in my story was a piece of chocolate ganache cake, so sue me. What can I say, my hero was toe-curlingly gorge, the girl was irresistibly lovely, and together, they burnt up the sheets!
If at all roses nodding their heads together featured in my story, it… no wait, no roses, standing or nodding, feature in my story! The problem arose as a tussle for control.
My hero and heroine acquired decided minds of their own. I wanted my photojournalist hero to squire some ravishing women to haute parties but he decided to go off, every chance he got, to less-than-exotic spots, chasing drug mule stories!
I eventually managed to finish the book and looked at my manuscript with slightly surprised pleasure.A plot device is a means of advancing the plot in a story.
It is often used to motivate characters, create urgency, or resolve a difficulty. This can be contrasted with moving a story forward with dramatic technique; that is, by making things happen because characters take action for well-developed reasons.
Jul 20, · Edit Article How to Write a Story Full of Plot Twists. When writing a story, you want to write a fun plot. Now, this usually means the classic, elusive plot twist%(52). Plot twists are used when telling just about any type of story, but more often than not, they're used ineffectively.
If your plot twist is too predictable and can be seen coming from a mile away, it's pretty worthless as far as adding any type of intrigue to your story goes. Here are five tips for writing an effective plot twist.
The story Plot Twist (Romance in Rehoboth Book 3) by K.L. Montgomery is a romantic comedy.
I fell in love with both the story and the characters. I was hooked from the beginning and didn’t want to put down until the final page/5(77). A plot twist is ‘an unexpected development in a book, film, television programme’ (Oxford English Dictionary).
Plot twists are particularly popular in short stories. In many stories they are the main event of the story arc. For example, in Roald Dahl’s classic short story .
Aug 10, · READING, WRITING AND ROMANCE is the latest in the string of Hallmark Channel romantic comedies in which an arts professional takes a temporary job teaching high school and discovers his true vocation of helping to inspire youngsters/10().