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, Fight or Flight, here.
Plot Twist Story Prompts: Without a Trace
For today's prompt, have a character leave without a trace. The departure may have been a long time coming. Maybe they were threatening to leave for a while and finally screwed up the courage to take off. Or perhaps, it was something completely unexpected.
In fact, leaving without a trace could be voluntary, but it could also be under suspicious circumstances. Was the character hit by a train? Murdered by a hitchhiker? Eaten by a monster? Kidnapped? These are all nefarious possibilities.
Of course, the character may have just wandered off out of boredom. Or to test their independence. A character could be responding to a challenge that nobody else knows exists. There's a chance he or she fell in love with a mysterious stranger and went on a romantic adventure.
Regardless of why or under what circumstances, the character who leaves without a trace leaves behind consequences for the characters who remain. What do they do (if anything) when the character leaves? In what new directions will the story and the characters bend?
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