Does Your Character Need a Lawyer?
Several months back, I joined a non-profit creative writing center called Grubb Street. As one of the benefits of membership, they offered me a free classified ad in their newsletters. Wonderful, but what to advertise?
At the time, I was working on a short story that had a character in a legal entanglement. I actually had to do a bit of case law research to resolve the plot twist. The lightbulb went off, and I submitted this ad:
Legal Fictionist: Does your plot twist on a legal hook? Make sure it sticks. Legal consult for your characters. By the hour.
I thought little of it until I got an email last week by someone whose character lands in front of the state Supreme Judicial Court. My first fictional client.
I never thought to post it here until I discovered today Drs. Laura Diamond and Lydia Kang, who share duties writing Medical/Mental Health Mondays, a weekly post designed to assist writers with their (plot related) medical/mental health issues. Since I have a new character who is a recovering sex addict, I turned to them for some advice.
(My father used to have a sign in his office: Honest Lawyer – One Flight Up. He was on the top floor.)
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