What’s Makes a “Good” Lie?

EXAMPLE #1: “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Monica Lewinsky!”

EXAMPLE #2: “Read my lips. No new taxes!”

How can you tell when politician is lying? How can you NOT tell!?

WE’RE LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD LIARS!

A good lie is one that’s ultimately BELIEVABLE. It should sound like something whoever you’re telling it to MIGHT conceivably believe is within your character.

Hypothetically speaking, if you’ve been known as a “horndog” your entire life,  it MIGHT not be out of the realm of possibility there was a little hanky panky going on in your office shaped like the round-side of a cigar. 

Likewise, if you’ve never been drunk or gotten so much as a speeding ticket, they might not believe you were involved in a high-speed, nighttime chase running illegal whiskey across state lines. [Side Note: If you really did, your previous squeaky clean record might help your slick lawyer get your off!]

Unless you are a mystery to your audience, a lie that’s too farfetched will clearly sound fake, so try to think of lies that are similar to truths to make them as plausible-sounding as possible.

It is also important to make the story ENJOYABLE. Like all good stories, you need a beginning, a middle, and a good ending. Keep in mind, details are tricky. Too little details and your story won’t hold water. Too many, and it starts sounding suspicious. The rule of thumb is: keep it simple, but make it fun!

Don’t underestimate the value of a good PLOT-TWIST. A good story-telling lie will often NOT telegraph where it’s going. You might start off justifying stealing your first car from your 2nd cousin on your mother’s side because he had stolen it first from a bank robber. You soon discover evidence you were most likely conceived in the backseat! The same backseat you JUST DISCOVERED 2 million dollars in unmarked bills!

But before you could hide the cash, you realized too late the car had a leaky gas tank and a sparking battery cable. As you wrap up the whole exciting, sorted, mess, you explain THAT was when you decided to sell your illegal, exotic, pet shop and settle down in the witness protection program.

And for the purposes of this website, please pay attention to SPELLING AND PUNCTUATION. Nothing undercuts the written word as poor spelling and punctuation. A close third and fourth would be capitalization errors and the lack of paragraphs. If you are trying to lead your reader to the end of a beautiful lie, you can’t afford to lose them along the way.

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