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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 13 2013: No, a lie and a story can be very different things and can have very opposite outcomes. When someone lies, they are intentionally deceiving themselves and others knowing it could have extremely harmful or negative effects. Telling a story is a way of people exposing and using their imaginations just like all the fairytales we grew up with that we all like so much. Making the impossible POSSIBLE, one way or another, Real or imaginative and without that, we wouldn't have books to read and movies to watch.

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