Be Smooth With Your Plot Twists

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Plot twists are always good for stories.  Unfortunately, if you introduce them too abruptly, they feel contrived.

Case in point: as I noted in a recent Bubblews post,* there is a twist in the 2000 Clint Eastwood flick Space Cowboys that was very jarring.  In it, a photographer with improbably easy access to NASA photographs Clint and his team of aging but fit Air Force vets out for a morning physical fitness run while training to take part in a special mission to a Soviet satellite about to fall out of orbit.

The following was not explained about this character:


-Why he was at NASA

-How he got into NASA

-Where he got his tip about Clint and his team

Jarring plot twists like this also leave them feeling contrived.  Granted, contrivance is a part of making believe about something when writing a novel or making a movie, but if you push suspension of disbelief too far, too fast, you lose your audience, in my opinion.

Whenever you introduce a twist in your story’s plot, be as smooth about it as you possibly can.  That way you will not lose your audience, but continue to keep them hooked.