Red Herring

Red Herring

by Adam Huddleston

Just thought I’d throw another literary device your way. You may have heard the phrase “red herring”. A red herring is defined as:

something, especially a clue, that is or is intended to be misleading or distracting.

The use of red herrings in writing can be quite effective in harnessing the reader’s interest. It also enhances the overall experience by providing surprises along the plotline. One word of advice however: make sure your red herrings are real. What I mean is, keep your writing sharp, clear, and free of mistakes in the plot that accidentally lead the reader in the wrong direction. This can aggravate the reader and pull them out of the story.

Happy writing!

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