Sunday 23 May 2021

Nerd Church - The Writer Diaries: My Own Plot Twists Surprise Me


'The Writer Diaries: My Own Plot Twists Surprise Me' in a handwriting-style font with a pic of a hand holding a pencil in the bottom right corner, making it look like the hand wrote the words because I am clearly easily amused

"Holy sh**!"

These are the words I've just written on paper. Hand-written, in ballpoint pen, in my multi-coloured Crayola notebook (all the cool kids have them! 😉😎)

They're words I've given to one of the characters from my Work in Progress (WIP), Dan, as he realises something ground-breaking that makes everyone look at the situation entirely differently.

...It's a sentiment I fully endorse, because I have no clue where this plot twist came from. 

And, with wide eyes, my only statement at this moment can only be an echoed, 'Holy sh**.'

(Only I can't swear because my mother, so it was more like 'Holy...' and then trailing off.)

Because it makes sense. The plot twist makes sense. And I didn't see it coming.

Sure, there are a few pre-written sections which no longer fit with this development, but due to the patchwork way I write, that's really nothing new. 

I write each section with the expectation that it may never make it into the finished novel -

(...if there ever is a finished novel, because at this rate I will be 105 years old by the time it's 'done' 😅)

 - a lot of it is exposition and random, pointless, filler, which honestly just isn't needed in the 'finished' novel.

The thing is, how can I just be writing along one day, and then scribble something and I'm like OH MY GOD! IT ALL MAKES SENSE!?!

Like, don't get me wrong - I needed this plot-hole filled. Badly.

(Not that the filling-in of said plot-holes hasn't already created more... someone needs to invent plot-hole Polyfilla, and then sell me some. Please! 😅)

And that's always been a big part of writing, for me, anyway: the story and the characters are in charge, rather than me. I am not in control here!

But there's a slightly unnerving sense, sometimes, that maybe I should know where this stuff is coming from?

And yes, I know - me + 'should' = a recipe for misery and mental health issues.

But I can't help but find it a little unnerving when I'm just as surprised as my characters are, y'know?

But then... I guess it's kind of true of my non-writing life, too. Things about myself have a tendency to surprise me.

I've had so many big, life-changing, realisations about myself that I've only reached in my 20s - being Sexually Fluid/Queer, having synaesthesia (turns out most people don't taste words,) being Dyscalculic... 

And every time there was that same feeling of puzzle pieces falling into place and a light suddenly being turned on that I've had, albeit on a smaller scale, while writing plot twists.

I have my own plot twists. And they continually surprise me.

Do you have any control over plot twists in your writing?

Do they surprise you?

Have you ever had a realisation/plot twist about yourself?

Talk to me! 😊💬

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  1. Hahaha! I LOVE this post. I've definitely had times like this when I'm writing where I suddenly figure something out. I love that it happened that way for you as a plot twist. :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. Ha, thanks! I literally put the pen down and was like, 'wtaf?' Lol! :)

  2. Isn't it so great when the plot twist just finds itself? That is one of my favourite things about writing. I don't usually like to plan my writing out before I do it, which may sound weird to some, but this is exactly the reason why. I like the plot to fall into place without me having a say lol.

    1. Ha, I can't plan plot. It just ends up even more of a mess than it already is! Lol. I am not the one in charge here! <3

  3. As a firm planner my plot twists don't surprise me as I know they are coming ahead of time. But sometimes my characters go off and do things I don't expect and then I am surprised by how they have come to life on their own. I love that your writing can surprise you that way!

    1. To be honest, that's even more impressive. Your characters are like, 'nah, I'ma do this instead!' Lol XD


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