Twists and Surprises

This tip isn’t just for writers of Christian fiction, so do share with your writer friends!

Most stories benefit from a twist at the end of the tale. We all like a surprise ending! Perhaps the girl decides to marry the best man, the auntie is really the child’s mother, the baddie wasn’t a Russian spy; he was a double agent. Ooh! Try to get your readers to gasp in surprise as you reveal the truth.

tabby cat

If that’s not appropriate, try a smaller, mini-twist. For example, the cat comes home; the treasure is not really the box of chocolates the children won on the treasure hunt, it’s the people they helped (treasure in heaven); the task that seemed so boring leads to something amazing . . . there’s no limit to what you can do with a bit of imagination!

Aim for something surprising, something interesting, something emotional, that will stay with your readers long after they have finished the book.

And enjoy!

See you next week with another tip,

Janet