@VikRubenfeld with stories that reveal something in the end, do you make it up as you go or do you work your way back and build up to it
— S. OS (@sharkimellow) December 19, 2014
To be sure, this is a matter of personal preference. At the same time, I replied:
— Vik Rubenfeld (@VikRubenfeld) December 19, 2014
There’s a lot a writer can do to set up a twist in order to make it as big a surprise as possible.
And on the other hand, foreshadowing can be used to increase the power of an event in your story when that event finally arrives.
What’s your preference? Do you like to make up the story as you go, or work backwards?