Friday, 21 April 2017

Writing - What to believe

First of all an old joke:-

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'How do you know when a politician is lying?'

Answer - 'His mouth is moving!'

Already, 24 hours into yet another election, the verbal gymnastics played by some politicians in an effort to avoid answering questions is excruciating. It wouldn't be as painful if the people trying to perform the verbal gymnastics were reasonably well versed in the English language.

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Also when you have weighed up what the politicians have actually said, a major task in itself, you then have to decide what to believe. I suppose that is why politicians say as little as possible using the maximum number of words possible.

So what has this to do with writing?

Well nothing directly really, but if you are constructing stories with a twist, then the deflecting strategies and interpretation of language is essential. Then you have the title of the blog coming into play. 

'Who do you believe?'

In creating a twist you could use characters as 'red herrings' or perhaps aim for a solid, reliable character that you have used before to be a villain. It may be that you have written a serial and one of your goodies goes bad!
A new character could enter your scenarios and seem fundamentally dishonest but turns out to be a hero. 

There are innumerable ways to create convolutions in your story but you need to carry that round with you until the story is complete. To be a good liar you need a good memory! I worked along those lines in Grace and Favour and produced a nice little plot, or so I thought.


Steele has had to accept changes in life style and yet he is required once again to tackle a situation of injustice.
Patrick is working alone trying to recover a youngster kidnapped from parents with a high profile role in the UK establishment. He is without the support of former allies, the Gurentai, and yet feels that the police and National Crime Agency, who have requested his involvement, have another agenda that is not necessarily in the interest of Steele.
The action is shared mostly between the UK and Canada. In the early stages of the case Patrick is chasing kidnappers across the continent of North America when disaster occurs and he is forced to return to the UK.
Has Steele bitten off more than he can chew? 

Where is his love life going? 

Are former allies, the Gurentai, targeting Steele? 

Will he recover the kidnapped child or will he fail and become 

subject of retribution by the authorities?

God Bless