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Being Clever (Authority)

Reading through The “Craft Essays by Chuck Palahniuk” I have found some nuggets. One in particular are his thoughts on establishing authority within your story by being clever. This also applies to life.

“There are other possible ways to establish your authority. The most popular is being Clever. But after a few minutes, you can tell cleverness is someone hiding. Someone scared and dishonest and trying to distract you from the truth of anything that matters.
We all know glib, silly people like that and it’s amazing how fast their banter can become tedious and cruel. Maybe for short stretches, clever is entertaining, but it won’t convince the reader to suspend their disbelief and follow you anywhere.”

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