Last Sunday, we talked about hiding clues. There are, of course, lots of things you can hide in a book. Emotions, feelings of your characters. Truth, lies. Wishes and desires. Family lineage. Knowledge. Power. Fears. Connections and memories. Secrets.
There are plenty of things you and your characters don’t hide. Things in plain sight for the reader to see, learn, know, identify with, believe in, understand. Some are true. Some are false.
What’s real? What’s not? What’s hidden? What’s in plain sight? As the writer, you have to play fair. That doesn’t necessarily mean revealing all up front, but it does mean revealing. At some point. To the reader. Characters may continue to hide things from each other, but eventually the reader needs to know the truth, to know whether they were right or wrong.
Some things you the author can reveal right up front. Look, here it is. But although revealed, it’s still hidden. In among all the other revelations. All the other clues, emotions, pieces of the truth, objects, colors.
(This picture is my first Free Domain capture. It’s by Petr Kratochvil.)
What is your favorite way to hide things from the reader while still playing fair?
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