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

Dunlith Hill
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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.

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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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Publisher
Dunlith Hill
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Published on
Aug 24, 2012
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Pages
76
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ISBN
9781938994043
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Language
English
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Genres
Language Arts & Disciplines / Authorship
Language Arts & Disciplines / Composition & Creative Writing
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