The Narrator

8 Tips to Writing Unreliable Narrators


by Deb Caletti.

1. Make your character a liar.


2. Lie by omission, too.


3. Muddy the motivations.


4. Make your protagonist more clever than she seems.


5. Use your secondary characters


6. Add in an unpredictable act.


7. Make your protagonist a bad guy … or don’t.


8. Keep it believable.


Read the whole article here at: Writers Digest.


More about Deb Caletti at her site here.

and Deb on twitter here.

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Today’s Assignment:

1. Read the article.

2. Is your plot too predictable? Is it predictable enough to satisfy the reader?

3. Consider foreshadowing.


Bonus round:

Read about the epic poem’s predictable narrator here.

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