This morning I received an email link to an article about nine ways to tell when someone is lying. The first one? Leaving out sensory detail. Putting it in is one of the first rules for believable fiction. So bad writing equals lying? Kind of.
I’m sitting in my Eames lounge chair with my feet on the ottoman. A sweet breeze flows in through the open door, nothing between me and the outdoors but a screen door. The sun lights up the varying shades of green, the Douglas fir, my thirty year old Norfolk pine outdoors for the summer, the glossy leaves of the white rose bush. My tea is steeping on the table beside my chair, as I listen to the urban sounds coming in my window: cars on Division Street, a passenger plane on its way to Portland airport a few miles north of here. It’s Monday morning, time to write my post of the week for Red Crested Chatter.
Is the above paragraph truth or fiction? I’m including a link to the article in Psychology Today, because whether you’re a reader, a writer, or a person interested in being able to tell when someone is prevaricating, you might be interested.