Monday, October 17, 2011

Lying; A Tool for Tension

I prepared this blog way in advance, knowing readers would click on our blog site Monday morning and be eager to have something new and fresh to read. Okay, I'm lying. I forgot to prepare something for today until I woke up this morning. Then I scrambled to figure out what to post before I had to get the kids ready for school and myself ready for work.

Why would I lie? Well at the last minute I found this really intriguing video. Imagine me posting a TED video? (Insert eye roll because it's become an addiction.) But the video is about lying, the prevalence of it, why we do it, how we spot it. I found it interesting research for writers because we can use this information during our stories as we paint portraits of characters and describe their mannerisms. Lying is a great way to add tension to our stories. And apparently a very realistic piece of daily lives. So watch this video as research if you are a writer. If you are a reader, you should watch anyway. Because apparently in our everyday lives we are being lied to all the time. The next time I read a novel I'm planning to notice how often this tool is used in story tension.

Now go out there and have a truth-filled day. Or not.


Paige Tyler said...

Very interesting!


Casey Crow said...

Thanks for sharing even if it's "one of those days"!

Michelle Polaris said...

We all have one of those days. And that's no lie. Ugh, I think I'm overtired. LOL

Naima Simone said...

Boo, Michelle! Bad pun! Bad pun! LOL!! You know what I found out, Michelle? My name is Naima. And I am a liar. And apparently not a very good one... And that's no lie...hee-hee! I couldn't resist!