Plot Twist Story Prompts: The Rendezvous

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, make plans for a rendezvous.
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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, Helping Hand, here.


Plot Twist Story Prompts: The Rendezvous

For today's prompt, have your characters make plans for a rendezvous. This is such a powerful plot point that an entire story could be built around it. However, the rendezvous can be one twist of many as well. So the rendezvous is a strong but flexible tool in the writer's plot toolbox.

First, there's the planning part of the rendezvous. Two or more people decide they're going to meet. But why? Is it for a fight? A party? A date? Pleasure? Duty? Figuring out the why is the first step in setting the tone for everything that follows. Is the build up to the rendezvous one of suspense? Or excitement? 

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Speaking of build up, the next consideration for the rendezvous is when it happens. Is it the same day? Next week? Next year? Later? And what happens between? Are there obstacles between setting the rendezvous and actually having it? And then, where does it take place? And what's the fallout from the rendezvous? If it even happens. 

As you can see, there's so much that can go into this one if you let yourself get carried away. So have your characters make plans for a rendezvous and see what happens next.


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