As a writer, I’m used to red herrings, where I’ve gone out of my way to write a scene that’s only partially true. They come in many shapes and sizes, but in the case of the three self-aware herrings, I have to put them in three distinct places.
First, there is the “sloppy” version. In many ways, my writing is very sloppy. I have to take a long time to get the story I want to tell as well as figure out the character’s motivations in a realistic way. I have to make a lot of assumptions and make some very, very serious mistakes in order to get it, and I will constantly be looking for red herrings to help me make that leap.
The problem is that every red herring is a red herring in disguise. The most often used ones are the ones that say, “This is what I’m trying to communicate to you,” or “This is how I want you to think about this.” The problem with this approach is that I have to explain to readers what I am trying to communicate. They might not understand. They might think I’m trying to mislead them.
In order to avoid this problem, authors create red herrings. A red herring is a misleading word that makes the meaning different from what the reader first thinks. They are very hard to spot, and the best way to avoid them is to put a lot of emphasis on them. I’ve seen authors do this in my own writing to great effect.
If someone has a red herring in their head, it means that they have one in their head, and they have one in their heart. It takes a lot of hard work and perseverance to find a red herring in their head. So if you give them a red herring, they will think it is a sign that you are more interested in what they are doing than what you are doing.
That’s why it’s so important to give them a red herring. A red herring is a thought or point that you don’t want to remember. If you present them with a true red herring, they will think you are being overly critical. So a red herring is a great way to avoid a red herring.
When you put it this way, the red shering comes close to being a sign that you have a feeling you have been trying to hide you are interested in what you are doing. The red shering is a hint that your subconscious is more interesting and more interesting. So if you want to put a red shering in someone’s head, take the red and tell them to put it in yourself.
Some readers of this blog have tried this trick (in part) on me, and I have to admit that I have a few things going on (but I’ve always tried this trick on other people). I’ve had a lot of fun with it, if you don’t mind.
So far, I have been successful in getting people to look at a red shering as a red shering, but I have also been successful in getting people to look at a red herring as a red herring.
The word red is not defined in English, and I know some people who are not too keen on red herrings, but there are those who call them that and I don’t want to be that guy. A red herring is more of a general term that means a “suggestion” or “suggestion.” So when an author throws on a red herring, it means to imply something that isn’t true.