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Is There Always a Twist?

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger on Jul 18, 2012 5:29:57 AM

As authors, we spend a lot of time talking about the inclusion of twists when it comes to crafting a story. We've been taught that a well-placed twist reels a reader in, keeps them reading, gets them talking, and helps you sell books. Pick up any book that's classified as a "hit," and you're likely to find a twist or two behind its success. The twist, we are told, is the cornerstone to a good story. The twist is even how authors take a familiar story and make it their own.


Thinking about this led me to an interesting question: is there such a thing as a story without a twist? Let me rephrase that: is there a story worth telling that doesn't contain a twist? Even true stories seem to have an element of surprise or disbelief that captures the attention of the readers. In your own life, when you regale your friends with stories of something you've experienced, that experience is probably something that is at the very least exciting or unusual. In essence, those bits of living that drive us to share the experiences at parties or other gatherings are twists in their own right.


I am unable to find an example of a work of fiction or nonfiction that exists without a twist. So, I turn to the CreateSpace community with this question: does such a story exist? You may be asking yourself why it's worth it to search for such a thing. From an author's perspective, I believe it's a great exercise in fine-tuning your own skills as a writer. To find a story without a twist, you'll have to deconstruct stories along the way. In that deconstruction, you examine how these stories are built. What better way to learn the craft of writing than to cut it open and look at it from the inside out?


So how about it? Is there such a thing as a story without a twist? Better yet, have you ever written one?


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Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.


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