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, Unusual Transport, here.
Plot Twist Story Prompts: Murphy's Law
For today's prompt, have anything that could go wrong actually go wrong. In other words, write with Murphy's Law in mind, which has been a thought process expressed by people since the mid-19th century that "anything that can go wrong will go wrong."
For instance, a character has to cross a bridge that crosses over a wild river. It's possible that while the character crosses the bridge that it collapses; so have it collapse. It's also possible that the wild river has hungry alligators or piranhas swimming around; so include those. And (fill-in-the-blank).
Murphy's Law creates conflict, and conflict drives story. So Murphy's Law can be a writer's best friend in a sense, especially if they have trouble increasing the stakes in their stories. Of course, it's not impossible for writers to take Murphy's Law to the extreme and turn a serious story into an over-the-top parody. But that's not always the worst thing either.
So give in to Murphy's Law, 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.