John Marsden Writing Topic #398

It’s said that people average thirteen lies a week. What were your last thirteen?**

I honestly can’t think of thirteen lies I have told in this last week or in any week at all, as I always strive to be honest. So I’ve decided to respond to this writing topic by thinking of thirteen lies that I’ve told throughout my life.


1. A couple of months ago, I was on my way to the train station to go home from work and remembered that I opened a garage door but couldn’t remember if I closed it. I walked back to the office and found my boss leaving. I was too embarrassed to tell him why I was there so I told him I was meeting a friend (it turned out when I checked, I had closed the door).

2. When I choose to order pizza from Pizza Hut for dinner and I happen to be talking to my parents on the phone, I tell them that I ate one of my Lite n’ Easy meals.

3. I didn’t tell my parents the reasons why my last two relationships didn’t work out because I was embarrassed (although this might not be classed as a lie as I didn’t tell them anything to begin with).

4. I’ve sometimes lied to friends and acquaintances about my reasons for not being able to attend certain social events, because sometimes I’m too tired from work to go out or too lazy.

5.  I’ve lied to a then-boyfriend about nothing bothering me when a lot of things about our relationship were bothering me.

6. I’ve lied about how many bedrooms the units I live in have, as it always makes me anxious to have people sleepover and having to be a good hostess for guests.

7. I’ve lied to cashiers about who I am buying certain products for on occasion, because I’ve been embarrassed about the fact that I’m buying these products for myself.

8. I’ve lied about how I really feel about where I am in life.

9. I’ve lied about how I feel in my jobs throughout my career, in particular when I’m having a bad day and about my happiness level in these jobs.

10. I’ve lied about being okay or fine with things when I really haven’t been.

11. I’ve told people I’ll manage when I’m sick, but really I’ve struggled.

12. I’ve lied about being okay with being single. For the most part I am, however I have moments.

13. I’ve lied about how productive I’ve been on my weekends on occasion as I sometimes feel bad for being lazy.




**Reference: Marsden J 1998, Everything I Know About Writing, Pan Macmillan, Australia.

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