We’ve been to the scene of a crime and we’ve found a witness or two to take statements from.
But… how reliable are your witnesses?
In reality, very often, if you have several witnesses, there will be differences between their accounts. People focus on different aspects of the incident as they view it, as it occurs to them, as their involvement differs. So, when writing, remember that not everyone will be saying the same thing. Not exactly, anyway.
And, to prove this point, just watch the below video.
How did you do?
Did you spot it or were you completely oblivious?
It’s a strange phenomenon, isn’t it? How, if you’re focusing on one thing, you can completely miss another. The reality is that if someone points a gun at you, you would probably not be able to describe the person behind the gun (if you didn’t previously know them) because all of your mental focus is aimed at the weapon that is capable of wiping out your life and is pointed in your direction.
I love this video. I’d love to hear how you did.
Rebecca Bradley is a retired police detective who now writes the DI Hannah Robbins crime novels set in Nottingham, UK.