Write Stories With a Twist
- 1.5 hours on-demand video
- 12 articles
- 20 downloadable resources
- Full lifetime access
- Access on mobile and TV
- Certificate of Completion
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- Identify and recognise the six different types of plot twist.
- Generate your own ideas and use them to outline and create your own twist stories.
- Understand how to edit, proofread and submit your story.
- It helps to have some knowledge of story elements such as plot, characterisation, setting and dialogue, but is not essential.
- An understanding of fiction writing terms is useful, but not required (a glossary of terms will be provided as part of the course).
In this course you will learn everything you need to know to develop twist plots that you can use in short stories or in a novel.
Twist stories can be a very lucrative form of writing, and they are also great fun to write. Write Stories With a Twist covers all of the techniques and tips you will need for success. By the end of the course you will understand exactly how twist plots work and be in a position to create twist stories of your own.
Here's what you'll learn in the course:
- Why twist stories are so lucrative.
- The importance of researching the writing markets for twist stories
- The six types of twist: the Unreliable Narrator, Reversal of Identity, Reversal of Motive, Reversal of Perception, Reversal of Achievement, and Reversal of Fortune.
- We will analyse several story examples, including The Gift of the Magi by O Henry and The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant.
- How to create a twist, and then twist again.
- Building on your initial twist idea.
- Creating a story outline.
- How to sow clues in your story.
- The way to misdirect your readers.
- Plots and storylines to avoid.
- Novel v short story.
- Editing your work.
- Proofreading tips (with a proofreading exercise to test your skills).
- Discover how to submit your work to an editor, publisher or agent.
- And finally, complete an end of course quiz.
There's also a glossary and recommended reading list with the course.
You’ll learn by listening to lectures, completing writing exercise and reading downloadable handouts and other materials. You’ll apply the things you learn in the lectures by reading and analysing stories to find out how they have been put together.
Quite simply, this course has everything you need to learn how to write stories with a twist.
And of course it comes with Udemy's 30-day money back guarantee - so if you're not completely satisfied with the course, you can ask for your money back, no questions asked. So what have you got to lose?
The course is taught by a qualified writer with over 25 years of fiction writing experience.
- This course is for writers who have a particular interest in learning how to create plots with a twist - for use in either short stories or novels.
- Some previous experience of writing fiction will be an advantage, but is not essential.
Welcome! In this video lesson I'll explain why I created this course and what you will learn in the lessons.
In this video, we look at how to create a twist using an unreliable narrator.
Read the Gift of the Magi by O Henry, which is an example of a story that uses a reversal of achievement twist (you can also download the story as a PDF).
If you prefer, you can move straight on to an analysis of the story in the next lesson.
The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant is an example of a story that uses a reversal of fortune twist. In this lecture you can listen to or read my analysis of the story to help you understand more about a reversal of fortune type twist. The analysis uses the template we referred to in our earlier analysis of The Gift of the Magi.
Proofreading is essential if you want to present your work professionally, and it is vital if you decide to self-publish. Some people are better at spotting errors than others. This lesson includes tips and pointers to help you with the process, but if you don't feel confident about proofreading, then it's probably best to get someone else to do it for you.
Thank you so much for joining me on this course. I hope you’ve found it useful. Please feel free to get in touch at any time if you have any questions about your writing projects.
If you’ve enjoyed learning with me and would like to sign up for another of my courses, you can use the code STUDENTSPECIAL to get them for $12 (or use the links below):
Write Short Stories: The Essential Guide for $12
Writing Non-Fiction: The Essential Guide for $12
MONTHLY CONTEST TO WIN A WRITING CRITIQUE
If you have completed 85% or more of the lessons in this course, you will automatically be entered into my monthly prize draw to win a writing critique (see the video in this Bonus Section for more details).
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