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STICK or twist?

A twist ending can give a real edge to a story if it’s done well. Alex Davis tells you how to perfect the fine art of the twist


Twist endings are powerful – it’s not hard to pull from memory great examples across all types of fiction. They tend to have an extra impact when they are a genuine surprise. Equally, the mere rumour of a twist featured in something before you read it changes the way you engage with it entirely, consciously or unconsciously pitting yourself in a game of wits with the writer as they seek to wrongfoot you at every turn.

Done well, a twist can absolutely make a book, ensuring it a great reputation as a very clever piece of writing. It can also be rather a skill, which some writers and directors have built formidable reputations upon.

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In the new issue, you can discover ten ways to make yourself more publishable, and learn how to bounce back from one of the hardest, yet most inevitable experiences for a writer – rejection. Also in August's WM, explore the philosophy of crime and the real Venice with bestselling crime writer Donna Leon in our star interview, check out £13,300 in writing prizes waiting to be won, and keep up to date with all the latest opportunities to get into print.