Tangled Web

11 May

Since he was blaming his father who was not even home for his gas, Mister isn’t such a good liar. Thank goodness. But sometimes there are people who lie. That means there will be characters who lie also.

Wikipedia defines 25 different kinds of lies. That means people, and characters, have at least 25 different ways to deceive. That is a lot of deception. But, like most other character traits and my favorite snacks, lying has to be used in moderation.

Here are some suggestions for using lies in writing:

Lying can be a theme. Think Liar Liar, Pinocchio or The Boy Who Cried Wolf.

In a mystery, the protagonist is most often a good liar.

Like Chicken Little, the plot could be about the character’s committment to a lie which he/she believes to be true.

Being an unconvincing liar can be the character’s unique trait or flaw.

The theme can be the quest for the truth.

The character can be a human lie detector.

The character can be totally gullible to other’s lies.

I’m sure you can add even more to the list.

Oh what a tangled web we weave….I think I’ll stick with “honesty is the best policy.”

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Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Character


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