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Otherwise, you'd get your money back

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Thursday, October 20, 2011,
Last night, at the Somerville Library, I was discussing how to develop fictional characters that readers will care about and I was reminded of this scene from the Woody Allen movie, Sleeper.



"What you have here... I diagnosed the entire situation, and I think what we've got, what we're dealing with basically is a nose.  I think we're all in aggreance on that.  I have the little beggar right here.  And what you want basically is a whole entire person connected to that nose, right?  Other...
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Ballistics

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Wednesday, October 5, 2011,
The appeal of a traditional amateur sleuth mystery is that the crime is solved by an everyman (or an everywoman) rather than by a professional detective.  The amateur sleuth relies on old-fashioned detection to solve the crime, rather than modern forensics.  I was asked one time at a conference, how I deal with forensics in my stories.  And I explained that I deal with forensics in much the same way that I deal with sex and violence.  I know it happens, but in my books, it happens offst...
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