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10 Character Traits of an Espionage Hero

Piper Bayard

James Bond, Jason Bourne, Sydney Bristow, Jack Bauer... Nothing thrills like a well-crafted spy. However, most of us haven’t served in the Intelligence Community (“IC”) to have experience to draw on, so it helps to talk to someone who is the real deal.Read the post

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Firearms: Know Your Weapon!

By Piper Bayard & Jay Holmes

Firearms . . . Love them or hate them, they often turn up in our fiction. Sadly, they often turn up in fiction in fictional ways that leave readers throwing books against the wall. To keep that from happening to WITS readers, let's take a look at the firearms that most often turn up in espionage and crime fiction—the revolver, the semi-automatic, and the automatic.Read the post

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Writing Spies: Finding Bugs – Who, When, and How?

Bayard & Holmes
~ Jay Holmes

In our last Writing Spies article, we talked about bugging rooms.* But what if our characters need to know if a room is already bugged?

 

 

First, consider the character being bugged and the character or organization doing the bugging.Read the post

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Writing Spies: Which Agency Does What to Who?

Piper Bayard & Jay Holmes

Wiki 2015 March US_Intelligence_Community_Logo_blueOne of the most common mistakes in fiction is confusing which intelligence agencies have the power to do what to whom and where they have the authority to do it. Today, we want to clear up that confusion.… Read the post

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Writing Spies: How the Pros Bug

Piper Bayard & Jay Holmes

*** For those of you who write about covert operatives, we invited Bayard & Holmes back to share some insider tips on how to write believable spies. Enjoy! ***

The basic function spooks serve is to spy on people and organizations.… Read the post

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