Plot twist story prompts aren't meant for the beginning or the end of stories. Rather, they're for forcing big and small turns in the anticipated trajectory of a story. This is to make it more interesting for the readers and writers alike.
Each week, I'll provide a new prompt to help twist your story. Find last week's prompt, Bad Choice, here.
Plot Twist Story Prompts: Achieve Worse
For today's prompt, have a character accomplish a goal that makes things worse. Your protagonist seeks a cure for a dying relative and finds an answer in a book of spells. However, the spell comes with a catch and a price that suddenly make the situation worse for both the protagonist and the dying relative.
Of course, Mary Shelley's classic novel Frankenstein is all about a scientist seeking to accomplish the reanimation of living tissue and create life. He accomplishes his goal, but he ends up paying a heavy price for his accomplishment, as does his creation.
The fun thing about this plot twist is that for a moment it appears your characters are actually achieving their goals. But momentary victory leads to a new peril, whether that's dealing with your humanoid creation, a magic spell gone wrong, or even barely catching a train...just in time to learn there's a murderer on board.
So have a character accomplish a goal, and see what happens next.
Have you hit a wall on your work-in-progress? Maybe you know where you want your characters to end up, but don’t know how to get them there. Or, the story feels a little stale but you still believe in it. Adding a plot twist might be just the solution.