James (elven_wolf) wrote,

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My least favourite part about writing urban fantasy is having to deal with the police.

Even though I've watched my share of Law and Order and still flail and fantard over The Sentinel (shut up, it is too a cop show), I still feel inept at writing anything having to do with police procedure. Even something as simple as 'we should call the cops and give a statement' has me gripping non-existant arm-rests and staring at the page with deer-in-headlights eyes.

I feel like I'm not being realistic if I don't let them go to the cops, and I feel like I'm glossing over something important if I gloss over it. Then I feel like I'm getting everything wrong if I try to write it in. Link would know as well as anybody how crooked the police in this version of Harrisburg is, but he would still go through the motions, even if he knows it's a waste of time.

Perhaps the fact that he knows it's a waste of time will make the glossing over seem more logical. Perhaps he's just used to working cases all the way through himself precisely because he doesn't trust the cops to handle it. Right now the boys trust him. If he says 'let's go to the police', they'll agree. If he doesn't, they won't question.

So maybe Link won't go through the motions. I think that will be the issue I will ponder while I work today.
Tags: gypsy fiddle, writing

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