DELILAH’S VALOR and Twist Endings


Last week I launched my first short story, DELILAH’S VALOR. It was a terrifying leap into the public sphere, but your response to it has been far better than I could have hoped. Thank you for reading and if you enjoyed it, please tell a friend or leave a review.

If you haven’t read it yet, check out the sidebar for links to all your favorite ebook dealers and give it a whirl.


I had a family member mention twist endings and the twist ending in DELILAH’S VALOR over the weekend and it got me thinking. Mostly about how I NEVER INTENDED to have a twist ending in this short story. I just had a rough concept of a character, started a scene with as many senses as I could manage and then let the story unfold under my fingers. I was just as surprised at the ending as any of the readers were. This is the first time that the twist ending was quite accidental (and perhaps that’s why it seems better executed?).

Either way, twist endings get a bad rap for their gimmicky nature, but I think the best twist endings are not only the endings that change the whole story, but the endings that make you WANT MORE. For instance, I loved THE SIXTH SENSE, but I’ve only watched it once. The twist was interesting and well done, but it flavored the whole story in a tragic light that made it hard to re-watch. I didn’t want to see the characters reside in that tragic, fatal space any longer.

Now this may be controversial (and I don’t care), but one of my favorite twist endings is in LADY IN THE WATER. It’s an underrated M. Night Shyamalan movie and one of my favorites. But when Cleveland Heep discovers his true role and it’s not the role he wanted–man. It gets me every time. Granted the THE SIXTH SENSE and LADY IN THE WATER are very different movies (stylistically and genre and all that), I want to stay in the space where Cleveland Heep has discovered his true role. The space where Cleveland Heep has accepted his grief and is starting to heal.

Do you have a favorite twist ending? Why do you think it’s your favorite (or what do you think works)?