Plot Twist Story Prompts: New Person

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, let's see how introducing a new person impacts the plot.
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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, Blocked Passage, here.

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Plot Twist Story Prompts: New Person

For today's prompt, insert a new person in the story. The new person may be a force for good or vessel for evil, a seemingly random bystander or someone with an agenda. But he, she, or it can play a major role in sending your story in a new direction.

One consequence of inserting a new person in the story is that you have a new character and personality to define, including what their motivations may be in relation to the direction of the story. But a new person also gives established characters a chance to reveal more about themselves too.

(11 Secrets to Writing an Effective Character Description.)

One character may see the new person as a great addition. Another character may see the new person as a threat. Other characters may completely disregard the new person, underestimating the new person's capacity for heroism or villainy.

As such, a new person offers so many new opportunities to your story, whether that's increasing tension, humor, fear, or other emotions. In many ways, a new person is a new mystery—for the reader, the other characters, and even the writer.

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