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Plot Twist Story Prompts: Wear Disguise

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character wear a disguise.

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, Cross the Threshold, here.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Wear Disguise

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Wear Disguise

For today's prompt, have a character wear a disguise. The disguise could be a mask, wig, or even glasses. It's also possible the disguise is the result of a magic spell or some advanced technology. The character donning the disguise could be a protagonist or antagonist.

(5 Ways to Surprise Your Reader Without It Feeling Like a Trick.)

A protagonist may wish to alter their appearance to sneak past enemy lines or into a place they're not welcomed. Or maybe the character is super famous (like an actor or world leader), and they want to move around without being noticed.

An antagonist may be up to some new villainy and use a disguise to sneak past enemy lines or into a place they're not welcomed (sound familiar?). Also, maybe the antagonist is super infamous, and they want to move around without being noticed (again, sound familiar?).

Of course, one fun thing about disguises is that sometimes characters learn more about people while they're incognito. For instance, a prince may get royal treatment in his day-to-day from a character who is super mean to him when he's disguised as a servant.

So give your characters a disguise and see what it reveals about them and your story.

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40 Plot Twist Prompts for Writers: Writing Ideas for Bending 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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