CALLING ALL WRITERS
I really need some help to write a short story involving the theme of manipulation.
Any help very much appreciated
If we suspect that a man is lying, we should pretend to
believe him; for then he becomes bold and assured, lies more
vigorously, and is unmasked. If, on the other hand, we notice
that he has let slip part of a truth he would like to conceal, we
should look as though we did not believe him. Provoked by the
contradiction, he may follow up with the rear-guard of the
Schopenhauer - COUNSELS AND MAXIMS #41
If you ever have trouble with a prompt, stop. Think about the prompt, and how you can fuck with it.
Manipulation... of what? Who is being manipulated? How? Why?
No, that's too simple. Basic interpersonal manipulation is trite and not enough to truly generate a story. Give it another layer, a simple twist. The manipulator is in fact the manipulated. Politics; House of Cards.
But that's boring, overdone, useless to you.
Should the manipulator being an asshole? Or perhaps someone with a mind for the psychological?
Maybe I should stop thinking about killing people.
Free will, or... is that even manipulation, or full out control?
Telepathy. Just knowing what they're thinking, being able to say the smallest thing to turn their day into the best, or worst, of their lives. Inch by inch.
Manipulation of a system. It doesn't have to be a person, after all. Not very compelling.
I'm done thinking for you. I didn't do a good job so it's up to you to actually continue that thought-line.