Plot development story triggers are not intended for the beginning or end of stories. Instead, they force the big and small turns in the predictable course of the story. This is to make it more interesting for readers and writers alike.
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Conspiracy Twist Story Guides: Going Rogue
For today’s wave, make the character a rogue. That is, to have a character who behaves in a dangerous or erratic manner, especially compared to the rules. It can also mean that a character is leaving their group or natural state to take matters into their own hands.
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This kind of plot twist can produce fun and surprising results, because the other characters have to react to their unexpected behavior. For example, a member of the rescue team may decide that they will not follow orders to go to one part of a burning building, because they believe they can save more people in another part. Or they may have PTSD from a previous rescue situation.
Note that this plot twist does not have to include action-adventure situations. Perhaps someone in a relationship becomes vicious for a while, causing the other half to feel awful and anxious, for the purpose of making some romantic gestures. And remember that the con artist is not necessarily the main protagonist or antagonist; Minor characters can also become evil.
So make a rogue character and see what happens next.
Did you hit a wall about your work in progress? You probably know where you want your characters to end up, but don’t know how to get them there. Or the story seems a little outdated but you still believe in it. Adding a plot twist may be the only solution.
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