How true to life should fiction be?

Fiction on TV and in print usually reflects real life. If you exclude some kinds of fantasy, you will probably find that most fiction writers try to make their stories depict life as it really is. However, we do allow some ‘poetic licence’to make a story...

Would I have made a good detective in reality?

I learnt a bit about reality recently As I mentioned recently, I encountered the reality of detective work, when I was talking to a former detective, who now writes crime fiction. I noted that his knowledge of police procedures and culture was an advantage. He...