The written art of the con – p.s.

As a postscript to my piece about con men and writing I wanted to add that the very act of mentioning the word ‘con’ and the concept of ‘conmen’ makes an entire story suspect in the mind of the reader. Suddenly as they read there is suspicion, concious or subconscious, about the reality of everything that is said, shown, examined and done. Think about what happens when you watch a film about conmen. Towards the end of the film you don’t know what to believe, so you tend to doubt every action.

Write the  story in the first person and perhaps the narrator is conning the audience he speaks to, or conning himself.

The writer (author) of the story could be the writer (character) of the story.

It could all get a bit mind bending.


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