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by Write Well, Write To Sell on June 2nd, 2014 at 8:26 PM

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From Rick:

In PART 1, we discussed the use of names and addresses in fiction. Last time, in PART 2, Scott expanded on this and added his perspective. This time we’re going to delve into the use of numerical and other personal identifiers, plus IP addresses and websites. Scott’s comments apply very strongly to these. I only present them to show what you CAN do and to give you a relatively safe approach to using these identifiers if they’re required by the story.

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on  at 8:24 PM

Posted In: Novel writing, Story Details

[RICK COMMENTS: After reading last week's post, Scott chimed in with some useful information from a police officer's perspective. PART 3 will continue where PART 1 left off.]

From Scott:

One thing a writer needs to balance is the need for realism and detail versus privacy and reliability. I understand that sometimes we want to put every last detail into the story. Maybe you have a police officer running a license plate over the radio, or you want one character to give an exact phone number or address to another. That’s all fine, but before stepping so deep into the minutiae, it helps to think about unintended consequences. Too add further thoughts to Rick’s discussion on this topic, we thought I should present the issue from the perspective of a police officer.

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on  at 9:01 PM

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From Rick:

A while back, one of the members of Silver Pen (Silver Pen Writers’ Association) asked a question about using names, addresses, telephone numbers, and various other personal ID numbers (social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, etc.) in fiction. The person wanted to know what could and could not be used. I thought this an interesting topic and copied my response to use later in the blog.

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