Sunday, February 04, 2007

I Want To Be A Detective When I Grow Up

We had the most awesome session at our RWAC meeting today. One of our members who works in the field brought in two homicide detectives to talk to us about the how-to of investigating major crimes, and giving us a look at their jobs, who does what, and also how they deal with it and answering all our questions. It was fascinating. I could have sat there and listened to them all night. And of course, listening to them got my brain churning and I have a few ideas kicking around. It also helped a lot since my critique partner is writing a suspense/crime novel so it gave me more insight into that type of situation. I hated to see the clock creep closer to the five o'clock. I considered locking the doors but I'm guessing it wouldn't be a good idea to forcibly detain two cops...

Oh, and I got a better description of just what falls under 'justifiable homicide' so I guess my non-stop yakking podmate will live to see another day. Sigh...oh well, there's always duct tape.

7 comments:

Anne M said...

They were great. I could've listened to them for hours more. My head was just spinning with all kinds of story ideas. I was writing furiously, hope I can make sense of my notes.

annette said...

I second and third both your comments. LOL I wonder how many of us are now comtemplating writing mysteries?

Rene said...

I love when that happens at a chapter meeting. My BIL is a detective and after I talk to him, sometimes I feel myself drawn to that world.

Melissa Marsh said...

Ok, I tried to post earlier, blogger refused to log me in, but here's my comment...

I used to be a detective. Yes, in those elementary school days I was co-owner of the A&B Detective Agency. (Or B&A, depending on the day - her last name was Brace, my last name started with an A, so we were always competing for top spot on the roster).

I then branched off on my own and had my own detective agency in my dad's abandoned tractor cab situated in a perfect spot on our farm. I employed my little brother, four years my junior, as my other associate. :-)

Tess said...

LOL - glad you had such a great meeting :-)

Looking forward to your meme answers tomorrow!!

julia said...

The detective was a great speaker. Talk about a natural storyteller! He really brought me into every scene he described. His training for detail made incredibly strong images form in my mind. Makes me realize just how much the specific details make or break a writer's ability to place the reader smack in the center of the action. Or emotion.

Christine said...

It was a great session. I couldn't write fast enough to get all the cool details down. We'll have to have them in again some other time. :)