Author Essentials: Plan your murders carefully…

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No matter what your motive (or muse) you can’t plan your crimes in a cavalier fashion. Especially if you are writing for the contemporary market. Wherever your characters step, a zillion public and private CCTV cameras will faithfully document their progress, from street lamps to shop doorways, and from webcams in porch windows to Sat-Navs on dashboards. Gone are the gung-ho days when Arnold Schwarzenegger could fill a supermarket trolley with guns and chase bad guys down the street in broad daylight, demanding the immediate return of Alyssa Milano.

However, if you want to plan a more traditional crime, as an author you have the power of time-travel at your fingertips – you can write in any era you please! And like artist and author Patricia Morgan, you don’t have to find your inspiration or muse in the present day either, regardless of when your literary crime eventually takes place…

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