Do the Twist
Once upon a time a handsome prince came to a faraway castle and met a beautiful princess. They fell in love instantly. Her father, the king, saw immediately how much the prince and princess loved each other and arranged for the two to marry at once. And they lived happily ever after.
Ho hum. We have to find some way to make this story more interesting. Luckily I took a writing class about a year ago and I know exactly what this story needs. This drab little tale must have some twists and turns.
Every plot must have a character with a goal and lots of problems ranging from very serious to very minor. And there is a very nifty way to create these obstacles.
I learned in the writing class that if you write down everything you assume is true about a character and/or a situation, then change one of those things, you have a nice little twist. So in the story above, what do we assume?
Well, we assume the prince and princess are young unmarried lovers. We assume they are sweet and charming. We assume their courtship is smooth and romantic. We assume they are earthlings and that they are human beings. And we assume the time is long ago.
Which one of those assumptions would you change, and how does it affect the story?
Congratulations. You have just received a postcard from the muse.