All About Plots: The Turns, Twists, and Reveals
A plot has three essential devices that can add mystery and excitement to the whole book. When used appropriately, you can leave a good impression with your readers. These three essential devices are namely the plot turn, plot twist, and reveal. You might already be aware of what plot twist is. However, do you know what plot turn and reveal are? Do you know how different they are from plot twist? Here’s what you need to know about these three plot devices every author should know:
When an event in the novel occurs which consequently causes a big change, whether it be in the protagonist’s goals or with the adversities that protagonist’s have to face, that is what you would call a plot turn. For a better effect, a plot turn should not be predictable.
Let’s take J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone novel. The plot turn is when Hagrid comes in contact with Harry to tell him that he’s a wizard. You know that Harry’s story has taken a turn upon knowing that truth about himself. You can look forward to the changes that will happen in Harry’s life henceforth.
A plot twist is when a major change occurs in the story that suddenly overturns a reader’s impression, perception, or thinking about the story. It oftentimes make the readers change the way they interpret the novel. The plot twists relies heavily on misleading the readers.
Taking the same novel above as an example, the plot twist is when Harry finds out that the bad guy is not Professor Snape but Professor Quirrell, a seemingly weak character. At first, the readers were misled into thinking that Professor Snape is the one who is behind all the troubles that Harry is facing. However, the plot twist proves that Professor Snape has nothing to do with it, that Professor Quirrell is the “greedy for power” type of person, and that Professor Snape is trying to save Harry instead.
A piece of information revealed at a latter time which causes a turning point in the story is called the reveal. Through a reveal, the readers will have a better and deeper understanding of the novel without changing the plot.
An example of a reveal is when Albus Dumbledore tells Harry why Voldemort wasn’t able to hurt him. Dumbledore tells Harry that it was his mother’s love for him that protected Harry from Voldemort’s curse back when he was a baby, and that it is also his mother’s love that protects him even now.
Now, you should already have an understanding on what plot twists, plot turns, and reveals are. You should also know by now the difference between the two. Use these plot devices well to ensure that your novel becomes even more exciting and intriguing for your readers.