Imagine reading a mystery novel. At the end of the book, you are filled with anticipation for an unexpected twist. But instead of a surprise, the solution is obvious. It was predictable from the very beginning. You’re disappointed because the author deprived you of the surprise.
This article explains how to build anticipation and expectation by turning up the volume of the drama which leads to a surprise ending. Including:
  • The importance of adding surprise, especially in personal stories.
  • Why it can be harder than you think to create surprising moments.
  • How to show prep for a surprise.
  • 5 ways to find surprising moments in nearly every segment.

How to Create Surprise In Storytelling