on a screenplay or story with crashes, arson and fires or other
physical accident events, and want some reality infused in the
writing? If you have a fire or accident related question or two, we will gladly provide
answers at no charge. In addition to being a court qualified fire and accident expert, Mr.
Williams is a novelist ("Burning of the Devil", available at amazon.com),
and is also available for hire as a technical advisor on these areas of expertise
for larger productions.
Let's Get Real
Writers are wise to write what they know, but how many writers have killed someone with a 9mm pistol, or set fire to a church, or faked a car crash? Not many, one would guess. Considering all the crime novels, TV shows, and movies out there, this is a very good thing. Yet writers must tackle these and other difficult subjects all the time - hopefully after doing some research.
Unfortunately though, there are
far too many books, TV show plots and movies which simply don't get their facts straight,
with situations forcefully contrived to fit the crime details. This is sloppy, lazy
writing. The sad part is that it isn't even necessary.
What do the following
words have in common?:
These subjects make great
fodder for creative writing, yes? But no, that's not the answer. The answer is that this
is a list of just a few components of real life cases investigated by Jeff
Williams in his career over the past three decades. As you can see, fire and crash
investigation is not a dry subject. The circumstances of many of these real cases are far
more interesting than plots (which too often have no basis in fact at all) dreamed up by
some of today's writers. If the real McCoy is so dramatic, what's the point in making