Plot Twist Story Prompts: Getting Revenge

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, Knock at the Door, here.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Getting Revenge

For today’s prompt, let a character get revenge. Protagonist, antagonist; it really doesn’t matter. The point is that one of your characters feels wronged and now has the urge (the compulsion even) to even the score.

(The 7 Rules of Writing a Revenge Story.)

Some may say it’s only fair for a character to expect an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But when your character gets revenge, they should want to exact more than a pound of flesh (metaphorically speaking, of course). Your character’s revenge should push to up the ante.

After all, fiction isn’t compelling because it’s fair and balanced. Rather, fiction takes things to extremes, whether that’s an over-the-top love story, unbelievable heist story, or even an intricate revenge story.

So let a character get revenge, and see what happens next.


Have you hit a wall on your work-in-progress? Maybe you know where you want your characters to end up, but don’t know how to get them there. Or, the story feels a little stale but you still believe in it. Adding a plot twist might be just the solution.

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