Tuesday, October 22, 2013

"Believable Make-believe"

On THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT weblog (October 21, 2013), Lee Lofland points out more than a few errors that crime fiction writers (especially those working in television) keep making:
. . . it’s perfectly fine and dandy to stretch the truth and even make up stuff when writing fiction, but the make-believe absolutely must be believable, and not just when writing fictional cop stuff. Other things in stories must also be believable—not necessarily true, but believable. Or, as I like to say, believable make-believe.
His 20-item list of no-no's would scuttle most of the crime dramas on TV.

Category: Detective fiction

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