This week on the Writer's Detective Bureau, the, "What If?" Game, the CIA and the smell of blood. I'm Adam Richardson, and this is the Writer's Detective Bureau. Welcome to double digits. This is episode number 10 of the Writer's Detective Bureau, the podcast dedicated to helping authors and screenwriters write professional quality crime-related fiction.
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Let's talk about mindset. Cops definitely think differently. It's why we, annoyingly, have to sit with our backs against the wall and have a view of the door. But I want to tell you about a mental tactic every good cop uses. Cops are constantly playing what we call the, "What if?" game. I was taught this when I was fresh out of the police academy by my training officer. What is the, "What if?" game? It's a mindset of vigilance. It's a conscious mental activity of foreseeing worst-case scenarios and thinking through how to respond.
Kids play this game all the time. Whisper to a teenager, "The floor is lava." And there's a very good change they will leap to the nearest piece of furniture before even asking any question. No teenagers near by? Go ahead. YouTube it. Seriously. YouTube, "The floor is lava," for a quick laugh. No one leaps straight out of their socks if they haven't already asked themselves, "What if the floor turns to lava?"
What if there's a zombie apocalypse this instant? Work it out. What's your escape plan?... Continue reading...
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