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, Eliminate Threat, here.
Plot Twist Story Prompts: Leader Removed
For today's prompt, remove a leader. The leader could be a boss, teacher, president, or even a spiritual leader. The main thing is that the leader is removed from everyone expects them to be, whether by death, resignation, relocation, or some other means.
This simple act of leader removal produces several questions that need answered: Was the leader well liked? Did they leave a power vacuum? Are they planning to come back (and possibly resume being the leader)? Who benefits from the leader's removal? Who finds themselves at a disadvantage? And these are only the first round of questions.
In some stories, it's possible the leader's removal is only temporary. For instance, a mean boss goes off-site for the day, leaving the workers to play. In other stories, there may be foul play that sets off a murder mystery; in still others, the leader may be imprisoned or forced to go into hiding.
The nice thing about this plot twist prompt is that a leader removed almost invariably creates new power dynamics within the group. Maybe a bully who is kept at bay by the leader suddenly takes charge in negative ways. Or a previously overlooked character rises to the challenge of filling the former leader's role.
So remove a leader from your story, 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.