Everything in Warren’s world is about to change.
This was a secret I originally planned to hold onto for much longer than this when I plotted out the story. However, I realized that the questions posed in response to this reveal were actually far more interesting than the reveal itself. Secrets, it turns out, are better shared. Having Warren’s older brother be involved ALL ALONG is a moment that has a very brief pay-off. Dealing with the consequences and seeing how characters change and adapt because of that connection gave my brain a lot more to chew on. It’s taken the plot and characters in very different directions than previously imagined, and the results are far more satisfying for me. Especially since the “ALL ALONG” twist is one that’s played a lot, so the outcomes are not very unique or exciting when it’s dumped at the end. Having it come fairly early (relatively speaking) makes the territory a little less well charted.
For example, Cory and I were recently watching a new show on Netflix, which I will not name due to spoilers, but within the first five minutes I turned to Cory and said “If they draw out the fact that she is clearly that dude’s daughter for the entire show, I may explode.” To which he responded, “Yeah, I saw it too.” Our friend, who has seen farther than us, was surprised that we knew this so early…and confirmed that, yes, they do indeed drag it out. Which, I suppose, means that I should cover my walls in plastic wrap so my inevitable explosion is easier to clean up. It’s a variation of that “ALL ALONG” twist that I wish shows would move away from, for the same reason that I’m trying to with my own writing. Knowing raises far more questions than not knowing.
What kinds of twists do you think are more interesting when explored than revealed?