Is Your Life Ready for a Plot Twist?


Is Your Life Ready for a Plot Twist? Columbia MomYou’ve been reading the most amazing book and so far, you feel fairly confident you know what’s going on with the plot and the characters. Not that the storyline is boring, or you can easily predict how the story is going to end, but you feel comfortable putting the book down for a minute and knowing what’s going on without having to go back and reread parts of it again…

When I don’t want to be challenged or forced to pay close attention, I love picking up one of my favorite romance novels and losing myself in the simple boy meets girl drama with the obvious plot structure because it follows the romantic trope I know and love. I’m not surprised when the old girlfriend comes back and throws a monkey wrench into the newly forming love affair. Nor am I shaken to my core when the hero walks out on the sweet girl because he thinks he’s just no good for her.

Tropes are great for easy reading when I just want to escape the every day stresses of my life as a stay-at-homeschool mom who also happens to be a romance writer.

What happens when you take a step back from your own life and realize there have been no surprise developments as of late? Everything is going as it’s always gone. Nothing is broken, but nothing is changing or moving either. You know exactly what to expect on Tuesday because it’s taco Tuesday, ballet until 6 p.m., laundry day and time to wash the baseboards.

It’s nothing we can put our finger on and say… this particular thing is missing from my Tuesday, but there is something missing–maybe not from Tuesday, but from life in general. 

I know, the grass is never greener on the other side and if it is, you have no idea how they get it like that. So, water your own grass and be quiet! 

I know. I get it. If there is nothing wrong, then don’t try to fix it.

I have told myself this time and time again. Every time that restless feeling bubbles up inside me and makes my entire body feel like one great, big, open nerve ending. I can’t keep still, can’t find a comfortable position to sleep in or even the right food to make me feel satisfied.

What is it I’m looking for? What do I need?

A plot twist.

I need an unexpected development to take place in my life. Something to set my soul on fire; something just for me and my personal benefit. 

I’m a writer, I should be able to write an effective plot twist into my own life, right?

What Type of Plot Twist Do I Need?

Which of these plot twists do I need in my life at this exact moment? 

Here’s the thing. I’m 45 with one daughter living in Brazil for the next three months. Another child turned 16 this past November, and my baby will be a freshman in high school next school year. 

One would think I’ve had enough plot twists in my life to keep me busy for the next twenty or thirty years, but all of these developments have or are happening outside myself. They’re plot twists in the lives of the people I love.

Well, all except me turning 45 at the end of last year. But I expected that, so not really a surprise development. 

I’m ready to shake some things up in my life. Ready to become my own plot twist.

Looks like only two out of the eight would plot twists above would work for my self-appointed plot twist. Honestly, the one I’m most leaning toward is the one I can hardly pronounce. Thanks, Aristotle.

  • Anagnorisis–The protagonist has a new understanding of their identity; who they are internally is what flips. 

Becoming more self-aware. This is the plot twist I’ll write into my own personal story. 

I endeavor to write several plot twists into my life each year, but it’s this one that establishes how the next 365 days of my life will go. I’ll use this widely used writing technique to…

Life is a journey. Just because we wander doesn’t mean we’re lost. Don’t be afraid to be your own plot twist. 

Stay Enchanted.

Are you feeling like your story could use a surprise development? Which plot twist would work best for you as you organize your new year?   

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Vickey Finkley-Brown
Vickey Finkley-Brown was born and raised in the Lower Richland area of Columbia, SC. She attended Lower Richland High school, where she met and fell in love with her high school sweetheart in 1992. They’ve been married for 20 years and have three beautiful daughters; Kay (18), Sonne (15), and Sadie (13), one quirky dog (Sammy 11), and ten… yes, count them—ten guinea pigs! Vickey graduated from The University of South Carolina with a BA in English and went on to earn a M.Ed. in Curriculum Design and Instruction from Lesley University, which enhanced her 13-year high school teaching career. After developing systemic lupus erythematosus and narcolepsy w/cataplexy, she and her husband decided it was time for her to come home and learn how to live as healthy as possible with the new reality their family was now facing. It turned out to be a blessing, because a few years later, her youngest daughter developed two of the rarest neurological sleeping disorders in the world (Klein Levins Syndrome- a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty Disease and Sighted Non-24). Not only is Vickey able to be at home with her daughter while she attends South Carolina Virtual Charter School and when she goes into KLS episodes, she is also free to pursue her passion as a romance writer, podcaster, and blogger under the pen name; Ella Shawn. Her enchanted platform is an extension of her philosophy of living, loving, and evolving. She writes to gain understanding of the hard choices women often have to make. She endeavors to create enchanted spaces in which to disrobe and see the whole of who she is, and who she isn’t. Vickey shares her journey of self-discovery through writing romance novels, on her podcast, and in her blog. She loves connecting with women who enjoy seeing glimpses of their truth wrapped in sexy happily-ever-after’s. Vickey uses her platform to encourage women to reconnect with their true and essential selves. To cultivate and nurture spaces where they cease being simply women of flesh and bone and become Enchanted Beasts. When she’s not being Ella Shawn, or learning coach, or caregiver, or being taken care of… You may find her painting, crocheting, meditating, or sweating it out in a hot yoga class. But she’s a wild and free spirit who would be just as happy living in a converted van and tooling around the country—sleeping where she runs out of gas. Landing wherever she lands and meeting whoever she meets. However; she’s pretty sure her husband and children wouldn’t be willing to pack up and hit the road with her and, anyway—where would all the piggies go? So, she indulges her nomadic, bohemian spirit with planned travel, mother-cation weekends, and her ever-growing imagination.


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