Using Red Herrings: The Art of Distraction


One of the secrets of writing success is creating complex and surprising plots is a deliciously sneaky technique writers use to befuddle readers—red herrings. By using red herrings the same way that a magician uses sleight of hand, you’ll be able to divert your readers’ attention from the actual to the illusionary; if done well, your readers will believe what they see on the printed page—an irresistible way to draw them in and keep them turning pages.

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