Good writing is twisty. It really is—it’s all about getting a reader to look at something one way, then twirling them around and getting them to see the issue in a completely different context.

Case in point (and spoiler alert): Watching season 7 of The West Wing and there’s a whole plot of the President-Elect Santos coming into office amidst the turmoil of President Bartlett’s decision to send troops to a modern-day Vietnam situation (they’re going to play referee to the Chinese & Russians in Khasickstan).

In this particular episode, the writers do a masterful—masterful—job of making you think Santos is screwing up: dissing Barlett’s decision, etc.  Then the writers have the two men do a face to face…and you’re waiting for fireworks…sparks…I mean come on, Santos is bad-mouthing Bartlett to the Chinese…and, at first, you think it’s coming…it’s coming…and SUDDENLY you realize Bartlett & Santos set it up.  They’re working together to get a solution and avoid war.



I gotta figure out how to pull one of these twists out of my hat…