Posted by: victanguera | January 6, 2010

Writing Prompt #119

Last night, I saw Sherlock Holmes with my daughter. I loved the way the director played with timing in the movie. I don’t want to give too much away, but certain scenes used viewer perception brilliantly. In one scene, the viewer is set up to believe one thing, but if you are really paying attention, you know that the person shown was Holmes. It’s one of those flash glimpses that the mind thinks “hey, wasn’t that…” but because of quick camera work we think not enough time passed. Then the scene gets replayed in real time, answering the riddle.

That makes me think about how we can play with reader perception within our writing. As long as we don’t dupe people, that air of not quite knowing what is happening can keep a person reading.

So for today’s prompt, what can we put in place that gives our audience all the clues, but they have to be paying attention to see the whole picture? Can you write something that a reader would think throughout the story that the reverse of reality was true, but accept the denouement with one of those “oh god, of course” moments?

p.s, hope that makes sense. Went to the late show last night and today is only the second day back and work after a luscious vacation and my brain is only half awake this morning.

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