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  1. Writer's Bane: Research

    Writer's Bane: Research

    We all have the curse of a story that yearns to be written. The Writer's Bane is a curse and passion, both a want and need to tell a story. In this volume, discover ways to use research to help creates and enrich your characters, world, and plot. https://www.amazon.com/Writers-Bane-Research-Valerie-
  2. JimmyMorris

    Lecture What Are Private Investigators Made Of?

    There are some essential skills your investigator will need to be a good private eye. First, they have to be a good communicator, both in writing and verbal. Getting information from someone, especially a reluctant someone, can sometimes be all about how you present yourself, either in person...
  3. JimmyMorris

    Lecture Some Tools of the Trade

    Any private investigator will tell you there is a short list of things they must have to do their job. We each have our own, and they are not all the same as anybody else's - because we may specialize in different cases. So here's my list, and some links to lists online: 1. Watch/clock -...
  4. JimmyMorris

    Lecture Other Interesting Stuff

    To copy or "clam" a key, such as a house or office key, you can use anything from a patch of your own skin (if you're quick enough) to a bar of soap or a styrofoam cup to make an impression so you can make a duplicate key. Then you can use an aluminum can, a pair of scissors and a pencil to...
  5. JimmyMorris

    Lecture Some Questions I Get Asked

    This is just a sample of some of the questions I've had in previous classes, but I thought you guys might enjoy it. Do you have a sense of what it is like for woman to be a private investigator? What are the extra hurdles women would have to deal with that a man wouldn't? Do you think there are...
  6. JimmyMorris

    Lecture Surveillance

    Surveillance is an important part of private investigations, depending on your case. When you perform surveillance, it is usually to watch, identify and document what you have observed to prevent crime or obtain evidence. The documentation is important in the event the case winds up in court...
  7. JimmyMorris

    Lecture Who Hires a Private Investigator and Why?

    People who hire an investigator may do so for a variety of purposes and I’ll explain this below. Just remember, for whatever purpose your investigator is hired, whether or not they take the job tells the reader something about their character. For example, I do not usually take divorce jobs...
  8. JimmyMorris

    Lecture A Little History

    The first recorded private investigation agency was formed by a French soldier named Eugene Francois Vidocq in 1833. The idea did not go over well with law enforcement, but Vidocq is known for his creation of indelible ink and paper that could not be altered, as well as bringing criminal...
  9. JimmyMorris

    Lecture Private Investigation - Know the Law

    No matter where your PI operates, they must be intimately familiar with the law in that area. Many investigators study laws throughout the US, just to be up on the latest and most valuable in their investigations. Laws can be vastly different from state to state, so it's important for your PI to...
  10. JimmyMorris

    Lecture One Last Thing - An Example

    Someone who writes about guns of all kinds very well is Lee Child, especially in his Jack Reacher series. Here is an example from his book MAKE ME: "Reacher eased the trigger home, and he felt the mechanism turn, gears and cams and levers, effortless, and the gun fired, in his mind a...
  11. JimmyMorris

    Lecture Writing With Weapons

    A fight scene moves fast - especially if you're using guns. If you want to use a gun in a scene, here are a few things to consider: Handguns can be used in a close and personal combat scene as opposed to a scene where your combatants are far apart. They are quicker and easier to use than...
  12. JimmyMorris

    Lecture How to Shoot - Rifles

    Firing a long gun/rifle is different than a handgun. Your goal is to control your movement/stance, breathing and follow-through to achieve your target. Again, always treat any firearm as if it is loaded. Safety first. Point it in a safe direction away from any people until you are ready to...
  13. JimmyMorris

    Lecture How to Shoot - Handguns

    Just because your character has a gun doesn't mean they have to use it. But there are some things a character with a gun should know/have/do that you, as a writer, should know. First, firearms are not meant as a threat - if your character has one, they should be prepared or have a need to use...
  14. Jacqui Jacoby

    Lecture Behind The Scenes: Lec #4

    Behind The Scenes Instructor: Jacqui Jacoby August 2019 Lecture Four: Crossing Genres... “The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there... and still on your feet.” ~Stephen King “I write historicals.” Ever hear anyone ever someone say that? Or “I write...
  15. LC Hayden

    Lecture Lesson 5: Crafting Mystery: Research

    Lesson 5: Crafting Mystery: Research Robin Cook is a physician, but he also writes thrillers about doctors who solve murders. Aaron Elkins is an anthropologist, and his fictional character is an anthropologist. Andrew Greely writes mystery novels whose plots revolve around the Catholic Church...
  16. JimmyMorris

    Lecture More Poisons to Choose From

    The list of poisons is long, so I'm touching on some interesting ones anyone can find. Baneberry, from the bluebell family, has red or white berries, foliage and roots which contain a fast-acting poison that affects the heart. If enough is ingested it can lead to death. Exposure to the skin...
  17. JimmyMorris

    Lecture Choosing a Poison

    There are so many poisonous substances out there - plants, drugs, gases, oils and so on.... it's hard to choose which one would best suit your story needs, So I'll be listing some, telling you what they do and where to find them, and even how they might be counter-acted. This is by no means an...
  18. JimmyMorris

    Lecture I Feel a Little Sick - Symptoms

    As you can imagine, there are literally thousands of poisonous things in our world - both natural and manmade. If you're a normal person and you start feeling sick, you don't immediately think of poison - most people don't. But if you're suspicious or paranoid, you might start comparing your...
  19. JimmyMorris

    Lecture Agatha Christie and Poison

    One of the most famous crime writers used to be a nurse and a pharmacy technician - Agatha Christie. These professions gave her rather extensive knowledge of how poisons work and how they could be used to write murder. She used a pretty wide arsenal of poisons in her fiction. Most of these...
  20. JimmyMorris

    Lecture Volatile Oils Poisons

    Volatile oils are distilled from plants and are often used in traditional herbal medicine. Many of them are irritating to the skin and some can cause spontaneous abortion or be used for contraception (like black cohosh, nutmeg, ergot, saffron and rue). Here is a short (and not all-inclusive)...