February 21, 2006

It Beats Law School

Filed under: Uncategorized — chapterhouse @ 5:05 pm

Chapters 1 through 6 are done, and I’ve got a good portion of my mystery novel story-boarded. But now I’ve come to the part where I can’t write another word without doing the research.

Unless … I could get away with:

Chapter 7

And so, he was arrested and indicted for murder, which was a huge surprise, he pled not guilty at the arraignment, and then there was a bail bond hearing. His lawyer, whom he really liked a lot, got him out on his own recognizance.

Hmmm. No, one must have details. Lots of details. Like, most of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure details (thank God for PDFs.) I’ll need to cram in about ten times as much information as I’ll actually need to write the scenes.

So, this is me for awhile:

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  1. Well, better PDFs than life experience, heh!

    Comment by pooks — February 21, 2006 @ 7:54 pm | Reply

  2. Point!

    Comment by Candace — February 21, 2006 @ 8:28 pm | Reply

  3. But I thought you were (used to be?) a legal secretary? Well, at least you know where to look.

    And (re. your comment) I remember Woodstock! No, I wasn’t there, but I remember. I made it to a couple of the Newport Folk Festival shows though. Vintage 60s.


    Comment by Duke_of_Earle — February 22, 2006 @ 9:08 am | Reply

  4. Hey, John. I wasn’t there, either, but I saw the movie. 🙂

    Yes, I was a legal secretary, but it’s the same as being a writer, in some ways, because there are so many different “genres.”

    Of course, criminal law is a specialty that most lawyers know very little about unless that is their chosen practice. It cracks me up on some of the TV lawyer shows when the same attorney takes on a civil rights case on one day, a business merger the next, and a criminal case on another. Quoting The Who, again, “It don’t really happen that way at all.”

    I worked for a criminal attorney for one year, back in 1971. The rest of my “career” was in civil law.

    Comment by Candace — February 22, 2006 @ 9:34 am | Reply

  5. You wouldn’t have to write as much if you just had him plead guilty, slapped him in the electric chair, and hit the switch.

    I don’t know; you might want to spend some time writing the eulogy the preacher would have to give, and describing the funeral flowers. But that’s pretty much it.

    Comment by OldHorsetailSnake — February 22, 2006 @ 12:58 pm | Reply

  6. Argh, research.

    It’s a good thing that you’re not like me. I’d just do everything half-assed.

    Comment by Dan — February 23, 2006 @ 2:40 am | Reply

  7. I used to be a legal secretary/assistant too. Just fake it with legalese! Most people don’t understand it, so if it sounds like what you’d hear on TV, it’ll probably fly. I think it’s great that you’re writing a mystery novel and I hope I get to read it.

    Comment by shelly l. — February 23, 2006 @ 6:22 pm | Reply

  8. I am a perfectionist, too. I hate to be wrong and google many things before I will even post thtm just to make sure that I am right. I don’t want to look like a jackass! So I understand your dilema. But don’t get to technical, because that can get boring. It is so hard to find a middle ground, isn’t it?

    Comment by dawn marie — February 23, 2006 @ 10:56 pm | Reply

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