The Path Not Taken (Directly)
Lying. To be a good writer, you have to do it well—or at least be a good manipulator. You have to get in the head of your reader and push the right buttons, and to do that you must know what they want, what they’re expecting, and how to effectively draw them down a side path or two when appropriate.
Aristotle said a plot is most effective when the actions are both unexpected and logical. Without lying, how else can that be achieved while obscuring the steps to your destination?
So, if you want to learn from the best—and protect yourself from the rest—look at what your favorite authors have set up, then watch what they’re saying…and what they’re not.
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