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Exercise Wednesday: Lies (part I) — I love the way you lie

June 18, 2014

Lies are interesting. They can cause all kinds of havoc, either intended or unintended. In the right circumstance, a single lie can be the catalyst for an entire book.

So today we start a series of periodic prompts featuring lies. Not all lies are created equally, and not all of them are evil.

But they can all influence what your characters do. Today, we start with an exercise inspired from a song lyric from Eminem, of all people.

Just gonna stand there and watch me burn
Well that’s alright because I like the way it hurts
Just gonna stand there and hear me cry
Well, that’s alright because I love the way you lie

As much as we would all profess to hate lying and the liars who do it, that’s not always true. We don’t always want to know the truth. Sometimes the pain of living with the lie can seem smaller than the cost of dealing with the truth.

Today’s exercise is a little complex, and may be hard to do in one sitting–but it’s a great prompt. Today you’re going to write about a character who knows someone’s lying to them and lives with it–clings to it, even–because living with the lie is easier than dealing with it.

Bonus points if you make the person being lied to a guy.

Time limit: 25 minutes

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