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Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unusual Transport

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, force your character to take an unusual mode of transportation.

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, Achieve Worse, here.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unusual Transport

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unusual Transport

For today's prompt, force a character to take an unusual mode of transportation. Whether it's hopping on a pogo stick or riding on a luck dragon, have your character forced into taking a different means of getting from one place to another. 

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Walking, driving a car, riding on a bus, these are all pretty ordinary. Instead, have a character commandeer a go-kart after their car breaks down. I know I'm dating myself, but in the movie Goonies one of the characters has his bike tires deflated. This forces him to take a tiny bike with training wheels to try and chase down his little brother.

Unusual transport is a plot twist that can lead to a bit of humor. But it doesn't have to be. Instead, it may show a character's ingenuity or desperation. After all, unusual transportation could be a new technology, magic, or something else entirely. Either way, an unusual mode of transportation has the potential to be a memorable part of your story.

So have a character take an unusual mode of transportation, and see what happens next.

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40 Plot Twist Prompts for Writers, Volume 2: ALL NEW Writing Ideas for Taking Your Stories in New Directions, by Robert Lee Brewer

Have you hit a wall on your work-in-progress? Maybe you know where you want your characters to end up, but don’t know how to get them there. Or, the story feels a little stale but you still believe in it. Adding a plot twist might be just the solution.

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