Speaking of schmoozing and behind the scenes work, it seems to me that reality and fiction collide in regards to investigations. In fiction, the reader expects excitement and every clue leading somewhere. Everything moves the story forward towards the solution to the mystery. Obviously, real life is going to be far more boring. But some of the "boring" stuff such as paperwork and survillance are the most reliable methods for getting information. Then I have to conclude that one has to write carefully-- include the "boring" stuff along the way, but focus on and play up the exciting stuff, like the sexual favors and threats and casual conversations.
Or am I wrong, and a private eye novel should leave the boring stuff to the real world?
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- Reason for Not Writing: Homework
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