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Plot Twist Story Prompts: Sudden Death

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, someone has to die (in your fiction).

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, Unintended Message, here.

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Plot Twist Story Prompts: Sudden Death

For today's prompt, someone has to die. The death can be from natural causes, a terrible accident, or a sinister end plotted out by a nefarious ne'er-do-well. Regardless of intent, this plot twist story prompt does require a death.

Of course, murder mysteries are built on people getting knocked off. In fact, those plots sometimes require multiple murders. But a natural death can play a big role in the plot for other genres of story as well.

(The 10 commandments of how to write a thriller.)

For instance, a sudden death in the family could change a character's personal wealth or lead them to a new locale (either because they were gifted a spooky old house or have to visit a foreign land to hear the reading of a will). Deaths can liberate some characters and add responsibility to others. So the stakes can be high, because this truly is a matter of life and death.

As such, let someone die and see where your characters and story take you as a result. Whether it's a romantic comedy or cosmic horror, a sudden death has a way of livening things up.

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