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Plot Twist Story Prompts: True Feelings

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, we explore our feelings, especially what happens when characters reveal their true feelings.

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, Uncharacteristic Character, here.

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Plot Twist Story Prompts: True Feelings

For today's prompt, let one of your characters admit their true feelings. In some stories, this may mean that a character reveals he or she is in love with another character. In other stories, a character may admit he or she never believed in "the cause," whatever that cause may be.

(The difference between character habits and quirks.)

Of course, the admission is a rite of passage for that character. He or she may have been concealing their thoughts and emotions for quite some time. They most likely have strong reasons for hiding them. So their admissions may be delivered with fear or on accident or against their will.

But the admission is also an inciting incident for the other characters who learn the true feelings. Because now, they have to reckon with this new-found knowledge. In some cases, the admission will be met with much ado. In other cases, the reveal is met with the other characters already sensing or knowing.

Whether the other characters care or not, remember that having characters admit their true feelings means something to them. And that can alter relationships in profound ways moving forward.

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