Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Writing 101: Lying to the Readers

Whether you call it stretching the truth or creative promotion, lying to the readers isn’t a good idea -- even if it’s all done in the name of embellishment. Find out why it’ll never work to fudge on your credentials, make more out of your achievements or just downright fib about your books.

There Are No White Lies

Sure, it sounds more impressive to say that your book is a bestseller, or that you have a degree in this or that, or maybe that you have all five-star reviews. But if those things aren’t really, really true, it’s better not to say them at all. Even if you’re just fudging a little or exaggerating a lot, there’s one thing you can never lie to get: credibility. You don’t want to lose that, trust me. 

Readers need to feel a certain sense of trust for authors. After all, you’re delving into an entire world as a reader, and depending on the author not to let you get too lost and confused inside of it. Readers have to trust that the author will take them on a journey they will enjoy. And if a reader can’t trust that you’re telling the truth, they aren’t going to trust you enough to buy your book.

It’s tempting to make a little more out of your books or your accomplishments, to bend the truth a little...to outright lie. But it’s always better to be honest instead, and build up those credentials slowly. Keep working, keep writing, and soon you won’t have to do any exaggerating or fudging on anything.

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