I've been doing some research into twists, and after not knowing how to create one, I'm starting to get a handle on them. Unfortunately, now I'm at the other end of the spectrum, and wondering if I can have too many twists.
Background: To understand where I'm coming from, you have to know that I plan and develop my novels extensively before writing a single word. I know every little turn of the plot, every scene down to the dialogue said. Then I write it.
Creating novels this way allows me to look at the whole plot at once. Mark Baker's answer on this question has introduced me to the concept of drifting off course so that I can twist back to the story. This means I just look at what I need for the story, then find a way to drift away from it so that I can twist to it. Yes! Twists abound!
I'm now realizing that doing that is going to yield a lot of twists, and I'm wondering if there is any problem with that. I want very much to simply say that the more twists the better, and here's why:
I recently finished reading the SYLO Chronicles, by D. J. MacHale. Excellent books, if a little lacking in the area of character development. What made them so great though was the unending twists. The entire setting was a mystery, and every chapter something changes, either making less sense, or making more sense in the wrong direction. Even the final chapter, after the main conflict was all over, was a twist simply through the writing (you'll have to read it; I won't spoil it).
The point is, I loved those books. Nothing was certain, there were twists everywhere, and I loved it. However, I realize that might not apply to all people.
Question: Is there anything wrong with including a large number of twists? I realize twists aren't for everybody. I know that. What I'm wondering is if there are any actual red flags concerning the number of twists to include.