Don't you think that is the primary element of a dishonest narrator? In order for lies to be told to others or oneself, there must be a judgment cast on the veracity of perceptions or statements. You have to know when you're lying for it to be a lie. Otherwise, you're just delusional or uninformed. Delusional and ignorant characters are great, but they don't have the bite of a true pathological bender of truths.
So the prompt is thus: write a one to two-page short with a dishonest character. Practice dialogue riddled with lies and inner dialogue riddled with lies. Then, when finished, write a paragraph about how YOU felt writing a dishonest character. Was it exhilirating or taxing or scary? Then, if you feel up to it, share your results with me via the comments or email me your work.
To kick it all off, here's a pic of my cat. Note the sign on the fence. I live in a house of lies. LIES!
|Maybe the cat ate the dog. Must beware of cat now.|