Some time back I linked to the LA Times Homicide map, which I thought might be a fascinating source for story ideas. I haven’t gotten around to using it. But that’s neither here nor there. Now there is one for New York.
The lesson I take from this is that you should not live in Brooklyn if you are black.
Speaking of homicide, you really should read this. Fantastic, especially if you like reading about crime scenes. I love writing crime scenes. You get to really dwell on details, and everything can be important. The more obscure or seemingly insignificant, the better. And of course, detectives are a great character archetype to play with. Seriously, I have like fifteen or twenty crime scenes I’ve written, with no story written after them. They’re fun. And horrible.