Do u have any tips for writing characters who are good at manipulation and are good at lying? Thanks!!
Good liars are able to forget that they’re lying. That is, they throw themselves wholeheartedly into the lie that they’re telling.
Good liars know how to use bits of truth to their advantage.
Good liars and manipulators know how to rely on the emotions of the person they’re lying to - whether they rely on that person’s greed, sense of shame, good nature, etc. There’s a reason the “con” in “con artist” is short for “confidence”.
In that same vein, it’s a misconception that good liars are “sociopaths” who don’t understand human emotion. Good liars and manipulators rely on having a good understanding of emotion in order to twist it to their advantage.
Good liars don’t volunteer everything all at once. They may have a ready backstory available, but they let the person they’re lying to “pull” it out of them. Volunteering too much information makes you look suspicious and pushy.