Verisimilitude: How Illusions, Confidence Games, and Skillful Lying can Improve Your Fiction

Verisimilitude: How Illusions, Confidence Games, and Skillful Lying can Improve Your Fiction

by Deren Hansen

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Verisimilitude: How Illusions, Confidence Games, and Skillful Lying can Improve Your Fiction by Deren Hansen

In terms of objective reality, a work of fiction is an elaborate lie. No writer thinks of themselves as a liar simply because they write fiction, but that's the fact of the matter. And no other writing guide will admit to teaching you to be a better writer by showing you how to be a better liar - at least in a narrative sense.

A good lie rings true. Verisimilitude, or the appearance of truth, is critical in a novel because readers open the book knowing it is fiction. Their willingness to suspend disbelief is like a house of cards - if you make one wrong narrative move the illusion of truth falls apart.

This volume looks at the ways in which you can break the illusion in your writing and how to avoid them; it explores what you can do to increase the degree of verisimilitude in your stories; and shows why less really is more. You will learn how to satisfy readers with strategic detail, reassure them you know what you're talking about, and convince them they can trust you as a storyteller.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015207194
Publisher: Dunlith Hill
Publication date: 08/24/2012
Series: Dunlith Hill Writing Guides , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 722 KB

About the Author

Trained as an anthropologist, engineer, and historian, Deren Hansen brings a unique structural perspective to the conversation about writing and the writing life.

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