With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to have a Liar, Liar plot swap!
What kind of things can make a character lie? Why do they do it? What consequences follow?
If you're looking for answers to those questios, check out this Psychology Today article about the Top Ten Secrets of Effective Liars. Great tips on making the liar in your story more authentic. (By the way, I have a whole Pinterest board on Characterization if you want to check that out as well.)
We're starting off our plot swap with a shout-out to a little known movie that I really liked, Dakota Skye.
WARNING: BE CAREFUL GOOGLING "DAKOTA SKYE"- evidently there is a porn star with the same name. *MY EYES! MY EYES!
Dakota is a girl in her senior year of high school with a "Super power"—anytime someone lies, she instantly knows the truth. This is a slow-burn, coming-of-age movie so she uses her powers to navigate the world of high school and deal with meeting a boy who doesn't seem to ever lie.
But let's take that power and put it to work in a police detective! Or an enforcer for a crime boss. Imagine how twisted that plot could get!
Speaking of twisted,
This woman went to some extremes. She claimed a daughter (that didn't exist) had died in Costa Rica from a heart condition. Then she took two weeks off and went there on vacation. Worse, she made her two actual daughters call the school and confirm the lie, then she forged a death certificate.
My thoughts immediately went to the two daughters. If the mother was wiling to pull off something that epic, you know there has to be serious issues in that home. What about the story of those sisters? Maybe one is exactly like the mom and the other is trying desperately to separate herself. What conflict could bring them together? Or tear them apart?
Maybe mom needs to hook up with this guy, I'm sure he's single by now.
So dude lied to his wife about getting her tickets to Oprah's farewell show. Then he faked a mugging—hit himself in the head with a rock and everything—to make it look liked he'd lost the tickets. Because, you know, muggers are always looking for tickets to talk shows.
Then he got arrested for making a false report.
What could make someone that desperate to lie about something not-life threatening? What circumstances could set this up to be the next logical step in the relationship? What could you make of the police taking the report? What if he really DID have the Oprah tickets? PLOT TWIST!
That's what I have for you this week!
Let's swap lies! What's the best you've heard that could make a great story?
Share them in the comments or swing by my Facebook page!