A twist is a point in the plot of a story where what the reader has assumed to be true turns out to be false or incomplete. Use this tag for questions about how to write or handle twists, or if you should include them. Do not use this tag for general plot questions.

A twist is a point in the plot of a story where what the reader has assumed to be true turns out to be false or incomplete. The purpose of a twist is to surprise the reader, so questions about twists often focus on how to keep critical information hidden until the twist can happen.

A classic example of a twist is in Star Wars V, where Darth Vader reveals that he is Luke's father.

As with that revelation, twists can often change the perceived direction of the story considerably, and as such are a powerful story-telling device. It is therefore important to use them correctly. A good twist can leave a reader stunned and desperately needing to know what happens next; a bad twist can be anticipated or underwhelming.

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