Saturday 12 March 2011

Constrained Crime Writing

There's a great little article on writing here. It's about police reports. Police reports are, of course, governed by a million rules about objectivity, reporting only facts, omitting adverbs and the like. This piece is about how, even within those constraints, one can make a story emotional or dull, gripping or flat.

Read it. It's here.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting, hadn't realised they had lessons but of course they must.Couldn't help thinking of a 1950's sitcom (?Hancock) where PC Plod is reading out a report in court "..I arrested the defendant and took him into custard..(long pause while he turns the page)"y".