The other day I was driving through my neighborhood on my way home and saw something that caught my eye. A garage sale sign.
What mom doesn’t love a good garage sale, right?
But this wasn’t just any garage sale. Nope. I’m used to seeing signs for yard sales, multi-family sales, block sales, even an occasional rummage sale sign, but I have never seen this sign before.
It wasn’t like any other sign. The sign simply said, “Awesome Sale!”
Too funny, right? They must not have had any other designation for the sale. I was half tempted to go to the sale just to see what someone else called “awesome.” Yet, my self-preservation won out (trying to declutter).
What hit me more than anything is that the sign stood out because it was a unique spin on the usual. I will probably never forget that sign.
How about your novel? Is it a unique spin on the usual? Do you have unexpected twists?
3 Tips To Adding Unexpected Twists To Your Story From “Frozen”:
1. Do the opposite of expected. Check out the movie clip. Do you notice when the reindeer gives back the nose? That is the opposite of what is expected.
2. Add unique conflict. It is not everyday that a snowman falls apart. Notice that there are many unexpected elements to the conflict.
3. Set the stage for the unexpected with calm. Notice before the twist comes where they become friends, Olaf has happy music and there is a flower. The calm escalates the unexpected twists impact in this scene. They have music and a stage, but we can still pain that on the stage of our novels.