I didn’t understand deviousness until I graduated from high school and went out into the real world.
That’s a pretty weird statement coming from me seeing that I grew up around 3 sisters who all had read the Art of War and used it in and around the household with each other in order to win the war without physically fighting.
I also didn’t learn what mindrape was until I went to college. It’s basically being bullied mentally until you go insane because you really don’t know what’s happening to you.
Even though both experiences in my life were horrific once the discovery of what they were came to light, I have to say I’m glad I learned them in the early ages and on top of that I then learned how to do them.
I’m always like that. When something bad happens to me, I learn from it, not just suffer from it, otherwise what’s the fun.
There in lies plot though.
Being devious to the reader is hard. They can see everything. Once you master deviousness to the reader, you’ve mastered plot. Being able to hide something in plain sight is a skill, in writing and in life.
I learned how through life.
I watch and wait and see people openly deceive and hide who they are to people every day. The lies they tell, the backstabbing they do, the manipulation they achieve. I find it fascinating.
And now as I’m writing Ravenous, I had put all cards on the table and the reader knew everything.
So how could I deceive them? By putting things in plain sight.
I already mentions two things. Now all I have to do is combine them and walah! ( if that’s even a word) you have deceit!
I’m excited now and want to dive into the story so I can see what the readers think.
Haven’t started reading yet?