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Source: BYOD: How to Detect Deception, Part I – The Keyboard Detective
Source: BYOD: How to Detect Deception, Part II – The Keyboard Detective

Tony Bridges, the Keyboard Detective, has two great posts up on detecting deception. They constitute a great overview and introduction for writers who need to write deceptive dialogue. There are some good links included with the article for further study.

A quick summary of topics:

  • Part I
    • Distancing Language
    • Passive Voice
    • Pronoun Usage
    • Proper Noun Usage
    • Text Bridges
  • Part II
    • Contextual Embedding
    • Reproduction of Conversation
    • Unexpected Complications
    • Work Backward through the Story
    • Reality Monitoring
    • Narrative Balance
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Source: BYOD: How to Detect Deception, Part I – The Keyboard Detective

Tony Bridges, the Keyboard Detective, has a great post up on detecting deception. While it’s a great read for writers who are writing deceptive dialogue for characters, I see another use for one part of the information. That section refers to something called a “Text Bridge”.

A text bridge is a word or phrase used in dialogue to skip over part of an explanation. Consequently, it creates a logical gap in the sequence of events. If the speaker is being deceptive, the part skipped over is usually important. Thus, the importance of noticing when text bridges are used if you are in law enforcement.

However, I see another use for these things. I think they can and should be used to alert us – the writers – to gaps in the logical sequence of our own writing. The post goes on to quote a list of common text bridges which I have reproduced below. I’m sure this list isn’t exhaustive, but it should serve as a good starting point for writers who are troubleshooting a scene. Look for text bridges in your writing. Wherever found, eliminate them by clarifying the gap that they gloss over.

Common Text Bridges

  • “I don’t remember…,”
  • “after that…,”
  • “afterwards…,”
  • “before….”
  • “besides…,”
  • “consequently…,”
  • “even though…,”
  • “finally…,”
  • “however…,”
  • “later on…,”
  • “shortly thereafter…,”
  • “the next thing I knew…,”
  • “then…,”
  • “when…,”
  • “while…,”

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