Advice & Guidance for Writers
Advice and guidance for writers and authors wanting to get into writing crime fiction but don’t know where to start? I can assist with that.

Do you want to write a book or short story, but worry about character development?

Are you worried about your spelling or grammar?

The old adage that there is a ‘book in everyone’ is not especially true. Despite several false starts, writing my first novel was not easy. I quickly realised that both spelling and grammar could be the downfall of many a self-published writer and even some established writers have manuscripts (MS) with typo’s and grammatical errors that should have been picked up. Yes, I am talking from experience here.

But we are human and there is little likelihood of any published book, article, blog etc being completely devoid of errors. You can only read the same words over and over for so long before you become ‘word blind.’ The closer you are the more errors you’;;  mizz – see what I did there.

It is therefore important to give your work to a fresh pair of eyes. He or she will pick up errors that you may have read over many times and missed. I know I do.

As a retired police officer I have an intimate knowledge of how things work in the service. Police procedures have been seen on TV, films and written in books for years. Sometimes these procedures are farcical and occasionally push the realms of reality. In fiction though, you can do anything can’t you? Well, you can. But in crime fiction there needs to be at least a modicum of authenticity.

Crime fiction predominantly features a detective in a variety of emotional states, dark backstories and an adversarial boss. But there has been a growing trend that mixes up the various departments.

My time in the Traffic Division encountered all sorts of banter from the detectives. Even in fiction, predominantly Morse, Rebus and Barnaby, saw traffic cops as wooden-tops, which could not be further from the truth.

In the real world, roads policing officers (Traffic to us old uns) make more criminal arrests than the detectives on average. Usually because they have been stopped in a car they think they can drive around without insurance or bring attention to themselves in some other way.

So, if you need guidance on police procedures, departments, rank structure or anything else then that’s where I can help.

Please contact me using my contact page if you think I can help you with your project. I look forward to hearing from you.