“There are events which are so great that if a writer has participated in them his obligation is to write truly rather than assume the presumption of altering them with invention.”
A couple of months ago, I ended writing my first “trunk” novel, something every beginning author should do at least once or three times. It’s basically your first novel, the one you use to flesh out your writing skill, figure out what you’re good at. Luckily for me, that story will still be used. (‘Cause the plot’s amazing.) My novel now takes places a year after that one. Because of all the time I put into that world, the characters and such, I have a firm grasp over everything. When it comes to new things, (plot, twists, and new characters) not so much. But all in due time.
The second on that list brings me to the questions: Should I assume that a reader will understand a twist? One of the major twists in “my other novel” had to do with a property of a metal, something not every reader will know. Because of that, I thought the twist was great. Now, I never got to writing that part. I stopped my trunk novel about 3/4 of the way through, not enough to reveal the plot twist. I did’t get to show any of my beta readers this, so I don’t know if it would work.
I’m just assuming, namely because I have the same sort of thing going in this novel I’m writing. Not everyone will know the property of this object, this twist. Do I care? No. Does it detract from the twist, even if I allude to some other things? Not in my opinion. This is because I write fantasy. People think you must have a firm understanding of the world for any twists to come from it. I do, but the reader won’t. Luckily for them, I am not making up these metals and objects from my imagination. Everything I use “twist-wise” will come from my own experience, not something I’ve read on Wikipedia. (When concerning these certain twist items. There are many things in this novel I’ve never experienced. Hot-air balloon ships with pirates aren’t real last time I checked.)
Suffice to say, I must assume the reader will understand the twist I’m throwing at them. It can happen in real life. It can happen in my secondary world. That’s why it’s called speculative fiction. Anything is possible. Except for magic. Unless there was some weird radioactive explosion.
But I must be off. There is a plot twist I must jot down….