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Chasing Down Facts: Tips for Novelists about Police Procedure

police officer

Today’s post is part of a series on professionals sharing tips and expertise in order to help novelists convey accuracy in their fiction. If you are writing any scenes that include doctors, lawyers, investigators, or law enforcement officials, be sure to study these posts (and print them out for reference).

The following guest post is from novelist and former police officer Janice Cantore:

“Write what you know,” a phrase every writer has heard. Some think it’s hooey and some think it’s gospel. When I first began writing, I thought that it was gospel. I wanted to write suspense novels, and I’d lived through a lot of action. I’d been in car chases, foot pursuits, arrested murderers, stopped rapes—I even dodged bottles and spit during the Rodney King riots, so surely I could write an exciting, compelling book. Sadly, all of my early manuscripts were rejected. The common complaint: they read too much like a police report. Continue Reading…

An Inside Look at Law and Lawyers: 5 Tips for Authors

lawyer in court

Today’s post is part of a series on professionals sharing tips and expertise in order to help novelists convey accuracy in their fiction. If you are writing any scenes that include doctor, lawyers, investigators, or law enforcement officials, be sure to study these posts (and print them out for reference).

The following guest post is from trial lawyer and novelist Dennis Kearney:

“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” —Henry the Sixth, William Shakespeare

The Old Bard tapped into something primal about fiction: we lawyers are a very entertaining bunch. This is especially true in the United States, given our unique devotion to the jury system. I have been a trial attorney for a long time, running the gamut from handling murder cases to dealing with defendants who were arrested for spitting on the sidewalk, and everything in between. Continue Reading…

Infusing Medical Details into Your Fiction

man with stethoscope

For a number of weeks, we’re running a series featuring professionals sharing tips and expertise in order to help novelists convey accuracy in their fiction. Last week we took a fun, hard look at forensics and dead bodies. If you are writing any scenes that include doctor, lawyers, investigators, or law enforcement officials, be sure to study these posts (and print them out for reference).

Today’s guest post is from physician and best-selling medical thriller novelist Richard Mabry:

Are you interested in writing medical thrillers? Or perhaps you are planning some scenes in your novel that show medical procedures. Writers often make mistakes in accuracy when it comes to medical details. Continue Reading…

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