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Plot Twist Story Prompts: Old Technology

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have your characters use old technology to accomplish a goal.

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, Connect the Dots, here.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Old Technology

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Old Technology

For today's prompt, have your characters use old technology to accomplish a goal. For instance, a protagonist in a romantic comedy may mail a letter instead of sending a text message. Or it's possible in an espionage thriller that a cell of good or bad actors use old technologies to communicate to fly under the radar of newer (trackable) technologies.

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Keep in mind, this plot twist could work even in historical fiction, because the old technology is relative to the world your characters inhabit. Maybe instead of guns, an army uses spears and arrows. As an alternative to landline phones, your characters may use telegrams. In place of email, characters may resort to sending a fax.

And remember: It's possible to replace the idea of old technology with old magic if you're writing fantasy or supernatural fiction. Or heck, do both.

So have your characters use old technology, and see what happens next.

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