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Crime Fiction – Ten Cliches to Avoid

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Crime fiction is big business at the moment, but there are certain situations that have been overplayed so much that they have become genre cliches and everybody knows what to expect next. Here are ten cliches you should try to avoid and thoughts on how to subvert the cliches if you do decide to use them.

Cops and Doctors

You can find this perennial favourite in both crime and historical fiction. You’ll see it in ER, NYPD Blue and in cross -genre shows like the X Files. The doctor says “OK but only for a minute” or “It’s touch and go. The next few hours will be crucial” or “It could be minutes, it could be days… you never know with coma cases” The policemen usually say nothing. They just stand around and chew the scenery in frustration.

Mulder and Scully actually spend a lot of their time hanging around in hospitals but you don’t notice so much because the patients aren’t your run of the mill criminals or witnesses.

And that’s the way to get around this one. Get a new twist and add some tension. Maybe the patient is related to either the cop or the doctor. Or maybe the doctor is an amateur detective and knows better than the cop? But beware of the “Dick Van Dyke” syndrome… that leads you into a whole new area of cliche

The New Partner

In this scenario a veteran cop has to get a new partner after the death of his old one. The rookie is either keen as mustard and eager to please, or burned out from personal problems. It’s probably best known in modern times from the Lethal Weapon movies. Screenwriters tried to add some tension early in the series by having Mel Gibson as a borderline suicide case, and that gave the first film an edge; but it was lost in later instalments. By the time the fourth movie came came along they had fallen so deeply into a buddy movie relationship that all drama was lost in favour of light comedy.

You need to do some serious subverting if you want to use this situation. People have tried having a dog as the buddy in K9, having their Mom as the buddy in Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, and having foreigners as the buddy in big Arnie’s Red Heat.

Outside the strictly police procedural we’ve also had the robot buddy in Robocop, the ghost buddy in Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), the alien buddy in Alien Nation, the magician buddy in Jonathan Creek, the ex-serviceman buddy in both Sherlock Holmes and Poirot. The list just goes on and on.

However you do it, filling in the blanks is easy in this scenario. What you need is something new. How about having the cop being given a politician doing a meet-the-people stint. Or, on a completely tasteless but might be funny level, how about the schizophrenic cop who is his own buddy?

The Rookie in the Morgue

Once only the province of young students in Quincy, this one now turns up on TV in the CSI franchise or Crossing Jordan and in print in the Kay Scarpetta books. There are usually two ways this one can proceed. Either the young cop rushes out, hand at mouth, or he stands still, icily cold and detached, as the autopsy proceeds.

Inspector Morse tried to subvert this situation by having the old timer as the squeamish one, but how about having the rookie as the pathologist?

Whatever you do, try not to give the pathologist a chance to be smug and patronizing while explaining large chunks of the plot. In the UK, this is overdone in Silent Witness and Waking the Dead, and is just a lazy way to advance the story.

The Cantankerous Lieutenant Chews Out The Cop

In films and television shows this happens to every protagonist, and Clint Eastwood for one must be tired of it. In the Dirty Harry series he was rarely out of his boss’s office.

It usually ends up with the lieutenant and the cop snarling at each other, so how about having one of them being completely calm and laid back? Or how about having one of them being deaf?

And if you must write this scene, please don’t use lines like “I’ll have your badge for that”, or “I’m not covering for you this time”

The Slimy Defence Lawyer

This one was a hot favourite on NYPD Blue and was guaranteed to get right up Sipowitz’s nose. Once you’ve introduced the sharp suit, the slick hairstyle and the briefcase, this guy will inevitably say, “My client has no further comment,” or “You had no right to talk to him without me there.” Everybody knows the rest.

Again, serious though is needed to bring a new twist to this situation. Your lawyer could be an ex-cop who knows all the moves, or a relative or lover of one of the cops? How about a lawyer defending himself? Or a counter-culture lawyer covered with tattoos and piercings?

Whatever you do try to come up with some creative invective. Slimeball, sleazeball, reptile and shyster have all been overused.

The Car Chase

Bullit and The French Connection set the standard, and Gone in 60 Seconds brought it into the 21st Century, but this situation has mostly become tired. There are only so many little old ladies to avoid, so many road signs to hit, and so many police cars to trash before your audience becomes jaded.

Over the years the Bond movies have used up just about all the possible permutations, so you’ll struggle to come up with something new. It would be better to add tension in another way.

In a bid to appear fresh, the chase element has sometimes been dropped altogether in favour of the race against time as in Speed or Die Hard With a Vengeance. To succeed you’ll need a good reason for the journey to take place, a disastrous outcome if it’s not successful, and some good near misses on the way.

But beware. Too much carnage and your readers will start thinking of The Blues Brothers. And please, don’t have your protagonist drive the wrong way down a one-way street.. it’s been done far too often.

The Shoot Out

Raymond Chandler’s advice to crime writers still holds. “If your plot is flagging, have a man come in with a gun.” You’ve got to be careful though. Too many people still transfer scenes from old cowboy movies almost verbatim into modern cop scenes.

Probably the best recent shoot out was in Michael Mann’s Heat. You cared who lived or died, and there was excitement and tension. Therein lies the trick. Make your readers have an opinion, not just about your hero, but about the other characters as well. At the end of LA Confidential, we knew all of the people involved in the climax, and it made it more satisfying to watch who lived or died. Lining one-dimensional people up just as cannon fodder might work in a Saturday night popcorn movie, but we should be aiming higher than that.

Shoot outs work well on film, but they can be a drag in print. Some writers tend to slow things down, especially to have a close look at the wounds. Unless you’re careful it can read like a medical textbook.

And, please, don’t have heads “exploding like ripe watermelons.”

The Cop in The Cafe

This was used in Chips in every episode, giving them an excuse to show a motorbike speeding from a car park with loose gravel flying.

It’s also a favourite in most of the aforementioned buddy movies, and especially in Starsky and Hutch. They’ll be in a cafe, musing over the chewing out they’ve had from their boss, when a call comes through. The radio buzzes, giving them a chance to attach a flashing light to the roof of their car and head off to a car chase, closely followed by a shoot out. See how it’s possible to run one cliche into another? Pretty soon you’d have a whole plot, but would anybody buy it?

One way of changing this scene might be to have an alternative means of the cops getting the message. You could have them hearing something on the Television? Or how about on a cell-phone or laptop… there are multiple opportunities for foul ups, misunderstandings or criminal actions there, and they haven’t been overdone… yet.

Good Cop / Bad Cop

The good cop / bad cop interview became a cliche almost as soon as crime fiction began. A fine example, nearly seventy years old, can be seen in The Maltese Falcon. By now everybody knows the moves, and your readers will be bored long before the interview is over. Unless you’re being self-referential and ironic, as in LA Confidential you’ll never pull it off.

Cracker tried to subvert the interview situation altogether by having it performed by a psychiatrist who played both cops in one. In The Rock, Sean Connery as the prisoner told Nicholas Cage which questions he should be asking. You’ll need to find something similarly innovative if you’re going to make it work.

How about having two good cops? Or two bad cops? Or maybe there is a new computer system designed by psychologists to ask the right questions in the right order? How would your cops and your prisoner handle that?

The Estranged Wife

Why do all fictional cops have relationship problems? This scene always goes the same way. The wife says, “You never see the children anymore.” The cop doesn’t say anything, because his mobile phone interrupts. You know the rest.

Cracker is again a good case in point as he went through this scene in almost every episode. Pacino played a variation of it with his girlfriend in Heat.

Not only does Cracker have a failed marriage, but he’s also a gambler and a drinker. In recent years people have been giving cops more and more problems to overcome, culminating in Denzel Washington’s paraplegic investigator in The Bone Collector. I wouldn’t even try to top that.

Why not be original. Make your cop a healthy, stable, happily married man. Now there’s a challenge.

Conclusion

The next time you read or watch a police drama, notice how many of the above are still in use. All of them can occur in any one story, and frequently do… just shuffle the paragraphs, add a murder or two and you have an instant plot.

But unless you can subvert some of the cliches, don’t expect anybody to buy it.

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How to Record Zoom Meeting as a Participant & Without Host Permission

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Zoom meetings are fast-paced and frenetic, which makes it challenging for your team to stay on the same page. This can make it difficult to keep discussions brief and concise. To help keep everyone on the same page, you can use a Zoom meeting recording app. Participants can listen to the meeting and take notes without disrupting the flow of the meeting. The best part? You don’t need to be an IT pro to set up a Zoom meeting recording. Follow these simple steps to start recording your team’s meetings.

What is a Zoom Meeting Recording?

Unlike a normal meeting, which is audio-only, a Zoom meeting allows you to both see and hear everyone in the meeting room. Zoom takes notes during the meeting and sends the audio recording straight to your inbox. Then, you can edit and annotate the recording with your team’s comments. You can also share the recording with others who are on the meeting attendee list. Once you start recording, you can pause and resume the Zoom recording if you need to. And don’t worry, your team won’t be able to see that you’re recording them. Zoom offers several different recording options, so you can find one that works for your team.

Record Your Team’s Meetings with Zoom

If you’re looking to start recording your team’s Zoom meetings, consider setting up a recurring meeting. Every week, you can schedule a Zoom meeting to record the meeting. This makes it easier to stay consistent. You can also use a Zoom meeting recording app like Webex Meetings or Zoom to record your team’s meetings on your smartphones and tablets. Before you can record a meeting, make sure the option is turned on in your Zoom settings. Next, invite everyone to join the meeting via the company-wide Zoom app.  If you have any questions about the recording, click “Ask the host” and send an email to the host.

Set Up a Zoom Meeting Recording

While recording a Zoom meeting is convenient, you’ll want to make sure it’s set up correctly. Begin by inviting everyone who will be invited to the meeting to join via the Zoom app. Then, start the meeting and make sure the “Record” option is turned on. If the meeting is audio-only, then you won’t be able to record it. But, you can use a screen recorder like Camtasia to record the meeting. If the meeting is audio-only, then you won’t be able to record it. But, you can use a screen recorder like Camtasia to record the meeting. Once the meeting is finished recording, you’ll be able to view and edit the recording in your Zoom inbox. When you’re ready to save it, select “Save” from the header. If you have any questions, you can send an email to the host or host leader.

how to record zoom meeting

If you’re looking to start recording your team’s Zoom meetings, consider setting up a recurring meeting. Every week, you can schedule a Zoom meeting to record the meeting. This makes it easier to stay consistent. You can also use a Zoom meeting recording app like Webex Meetings or Zoom to record your team’s meetings on your smartphones and tablets. Before you can record a meeting, make sure the option is turned on in your Zoom settings. Next, invite everyone to join the meeting via the company-wide Zoom app. Once everyone has accepted the invite, they will automatically be added to the meeting. Then, you can start the meeting and begin recording.  When you’re ready to save it, select “Save” from the header. If you have any questions, you can send an email to the host or host leader.

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If you want to start recording your team’s Zoom meetings, you can use a screen recorder like Camtasia. This will allow you to record the meeting audio and take screen recordings. If your team uses Zoom, you can also use a screen recorder like Camtasia to record the meeting audio and take screen recordings. This will help you stay on the same page with your team. Once you’ve set up your Zoom meeting recording, host the meeting and start recording. Then, start the screen recorder to record the meeting audio and take screen recordings. You can use these recordings to help your team stay on the same page. Make sure to set the screen recorder’s audio level to “Mic +” or “Mic Only.” This will make sure you don’t accidentally record the meeting audio. Next, share your screen recordings with your team. They can then view and edit their screen recordings to make sure everyone is on the same page.

wrap up the meeting after the recording

 When you’re ready to save it, select “Save” from the header. END the meeting by announcing that it’s time to end the meeting. If you want to add a closing remark, then do so. But, make sure to announce that the meeting is over. If you have any questions, you can send an email to the host or host leader. END the meeting by announcing that it’s time to end the meeting. If you want to add a closing remark, then do so. But, make sure to announce that the meeting is over. If you have any questions, you can send an email to the host or host leader.

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One benefit of recording your team’s Zoom meetings is that you can use a screen recorder like Camtasia. This will allow you to record the meeting audio and take screen recordings. If your team uses Zoom, you can also use a screen recorder like Camtasia to record the meeting audio and take screen recordings. This will help you stay on the same page with your team. Make sure to set the screen recorder’s audio level to “Mic +” or “Mic Only.” This will make sure you don’t accidentally record the meeting audio. Next, share your screen recordings with your team. They can then view and edit their screen recordings to make sure everyone is on the same page.

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6 Tik Tok Mistakes To Avoid For Building A Good Marketing Strategy

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6 Tik Tok Mistakes To Avoid For Building A Good Marketing Strategy

Sometimes we people can lag having something new in a day, but our technology speed would never. Tech fields have touched spikes from the past to now by seeing the launch of social networking sites every day. If it comes to sharing an example, then nothing can beat the craze of Tik Tok marketing that people are still in the same passion and looking to shift to another platform that helps them gain popularity within a night. Counting the estimate from past years, Tik Tok has reached 800 million+ fans worldwide.

Tik Tok has gained massive success till it has ruled the market singlehandedly. But there are some mistakes if tackled with time then, the future can be different for it. If you want to build a good brand identity, you must avoid some mistakes that help you eliminate the situation that might become a hurdle for you in the future ahead.

  • Not Targeting The Right Audience.

The most common reason for not surviving TikTok in the market so long is that it is mainly coming into force to entertain the public at large. As it has whooping popularity with 8-00+ billion followers, people have started placing their ads on that. So selecting the niche where you need to target your audience is very important for avoiding mistakes for existence.

  • Not Being Fun

Before posting something on any social media or engaging platform, we have to analyze the content that needs to be placed accordingly. Like TikTok is a platform for entertainment and fun, you can’t place serious and wooden content there for gaining views. It’s just like you are ruining the pace of things meant to be there.

  • Not Sharing User-Generated Content

It needs to be deeply researched into what kind of videos can gain a high engagement rate. Not all kinds of videos are supposed to be posted there, as TikTok marketingdemands user-generated content. Try to build or gain the trust of your followers by making them feel comfortable with your linking. 

  • Not Feeling The Urgency Of Influencers

People love to believe those they feel more engaged with regularly or more frequently. So taking support from influencers to boost engagement on your platform would be a great move that can help you increase your brand visibility and increase followers’ reach. 

  • Lagging In Hashtag Challenges

If you have stepped into social media platforms, you must have good knowledge of how beautifully you can use hashtags. So sit and research what could be the best hashtags that can go well with your brand reach and how you can use them to increase your audience range.

  • Not Looking Realistic

Excessive promotional activity can snatch the realness out of your brand. Alternatively, you can go with content that indirectly benefits your product or services. Finally, try to adopt a more natural approach to encourage the brand so that followers love to become a part of your journey.

Takeaway

If you are searching for a reference where you can get all the amazing things done with your social media handles, you can reach out on the page ‘Socialboosting“. If your purpose is to increase the number of followers, boost engagement, Quality followers, and marketing tips, you should not delay reaching out there. Give it a right try in just the right way.

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Secrets to AI PRAPHRASING TOOL

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PRAPHRASING TOOL

If you’re like most people, you probably think that artificial intelligence (AI) is some sort of magic. After all, it can do things like read and understand human language, recognize faces and objects, and even beat humans at complex games like chess.

But the truth is, AI is just a tool. And like any tool, it can be used for good or for bad.

In this article, we’re going to talk about some of the ways that AI can be used for evil purposes. 

We’ll also discuss what you can do to protect yourself from these malicious uses of AI.

1. Creating Fake Videos and Photos

One of the most worrying ways that AI can be used for evil purposes is to create fake videos and photos. This is also known as “deep fakes.”

Deep fakes are created by using a type of AI called a generative adversarial network (GAN). A GAN consists of two neural networks: a generator and a discriminator.

The generator creates fake data, while the discriminator tries to distinguish between the real and fake data. The two networks compete with each other, and as they do, the generator gets better and better at creating realistic fake data. Check RemoteDBA for more details.

Deep fakes have been used to create fake celebrity porn, as well as political propaganda. In 2018, for example, a deep fake video of Barack Obama went viral. The video featured Obama saying things that he never actually said.

2. Stealing Your Personal Data

Another way that AI can be used for evil purposes is to steal your personal data. This is possible because many popular applications and websites use AI to recommend content to you based on your interests.

In order to do this, these applications and websites need to collect data about you. This includes things like your age, gender, location, and what you like to do online.

Once they have this data, they can sell it to advertisers or use it to influence your behavior.

3. Manipulating the Stock Market

AI can also be used to manipulate the stock market. This is possible because there are now algorithms that can automatically trade stocks based on certain conditions.

Some of these algorithms are designed to take advantage of human behavior. For example, they may buy stocks when prices are low and sell them when prices are high. This can result in huge profits for the people who own these algorithms, but it can also crash the stock market.

4. Disrupting Elections

AI can also be used to disrupt elections. This is possible because AI can be used to create fake news articles and social media posts. These fake articles and posts can then be spread by bots, which are automated software programs that control online accounts.

Bots can be used to automatically like, share, and comment on content. They can also be used to message people en masse. This means that they can easily influence what people see on social media and other online platforms.

If you’re like most people, you probably think that the best way to get better at paraphrasing is to practice on your own. However, this isn’t always the case. While it’s true that practice makes perfect, there are some other things that you can do to help improve your paraphrasing skills. 

In this article, we’ll share with you some of the secrets to becoming a master paraphrase.

The first secret is to understand what you’re reading. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s actually very important. When you’re reading something, take the time to think about what it means. If you can’t understand it, chances are you won’t be able to paraphrase it correctly. 

The second secret is to take your time. Don’t try to paraphrase something if you’re in a hurry. If you rush, you’re likely to make mistakes. Instead, take your time and focus on getting it right. 

The third secret is to practice, practice, and practice. The more you practice, the better you’ll become at paraphrasing. To find a text that you can use for practice and start working on it. 

Conclusion:

By following these secrets, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a master paraphrase. So get out there and start practicing!

If you want to improve your paraphrasing skills, there are a few things you can do. One is to practice on your own, and another is to understand what you’re reading. You should also take your time when paraphrasing, and focus on getting it right. And finally, keep practicing!

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