Sunday, February 10, 2008

Undercover

Sometimes, in spite of all the work one does, there's little to show for it. That's been my story of late. I've worked on a few stories-- and just got one accepted. I have a handful of other stories of varying ages that are out schmoozing with editors. At least I *hope* the stories are schmoozing. That's that their instructions are! But alas, still no new stories to published in a while.

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?

  • Story in Progress: Bo Novel #1, currently hovering at 53k, +/-2k
  • Reason for Not Writing: Homework
  • Current Song: Ding Dong Song by Gunther ;-)

2 comments:

pattinase (abbott) said...

So hard to get the balance.

socalledauthor said...

i know. especially since *i* think the other side is fascinating, even if it's not gripping...