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Cedric Mayen

Script writer, Editions Delcourt

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Do you have to be a good liar to be a good storyteller?

What is the main difference between a lie and a fictional story? aren't they quite the same thing? Are novel writers basically mass-liars? What are the basics of lying that you can also find in story-telling?
I'm writing a novel based on a character who lies to everyone about his life, a con-artist who decides after a shock to stop lying and starts to write a fictional book because he desperately needs to lie to feel alive, but he's stuck with writer-block syndrom.
If you can help me answering these questions it will help me a lot.
BTW I'm french so, I'm sorry if sometimes my english is bad.

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    Sep 11 2013: No, you just need to have great deal of imagination. I think that's why kids are best at telling stories. Like Ken Robinson said, Schools kill creativity. Cause school program is created just for some practical things and less of art(music, painting, poetry..) And if we could manage to put these activities in regular classes, there will be much more Stories, Paintings, and other creative things!

    http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html

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