Five Ways to Write Plot Twists that Surprise and Hook Readers

Five Ways to Write Plot Twists that Surprise and Hook Readers

One of my favorite books is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. The plot twists were amazing and set up in such a way that I was hooked and read the entire book in one night.  However, many writers, especially new ones, fear away from adding plot twists to their novel. A plot twist that is too predictable, or cliché, can be detrimental to your story. However, a plot twist that is unexpected, but still plausible, can do wonders for your story and have readers talking about it for months, and years, to come. 

How can we, as writers, write compelling plot twists that surprise and hook readers? Below I’ve outlined five tips that have helped me, and hopefully, can help you too. 

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How Many Words Should Your Novel Be?

How Many Words Should Your Novel Be?

A lot of writers ask this question as they near the end of their manuscripts. We don’t want our novels to be too short or too long. To help you out, I dedicated this week to research and tried to find word count ranges for different genres and age groups. Below you will find a list divided by target audience and genre.

However, I urge you to take these word count ranges with a grain of salt. I’ve noticed that there are no hard and fast rules for word counts. Take these word count ranges into consideration, but do not stress over them; There are always exceptions to every rule.

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