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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Characters Who Keep Secrets
Can a point of view character keep a big secret, without losing the reader's sympathy? That was the subject of a program I presented last week to the Central Iowa Fiction Writers group in Des Moines, Iowa. And the answer is YES -- if the author is careful.
Here are the rules for playing fair with the reader:
Only keep important secrets.
If it’s important enough, it should
Give the character a good reason to finally break down and tell the truth.
Ask the normal questions.
Have another character ask or answer the obvious question.