1. Ryan Elder
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    Do i have to go into details for things such forensic evidence and computer hacking?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Ryan Elder, Oct 14, 2015.

    I am wondering if such plot elements require a lot of detail. When researching hacking for example, I got a large written explanation as to how it's done, but do I have to boggle the reader with that, or could I just write "He hacked into the man's banking records", and that's good enough?

    When it comes to what evidence is found at a crime scene, a man presents another man with a lab report and explain what was found, but I do not show the actual lab process.

    I was told by another reader that I should 'show and not tell more', but I was wondering if their comes a point where that goes to far, and I should not get too distracted with specifics, and keep concentrating on the meat of the story instead?

    What do you think? Can showing instead of telling go to far, to the point where it might be spoonfeeding the reader?
     
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    I think it's good to have an understanding of the processes that go into the end results but as for going into extensive detail I don't think that is necessary. As long as you know that what you are describing is actually possible in reality and not too farfetched then I as a reader would just accept the facts of the situation without any skepticism.

    It's when people do no research at all and include details purporting to be scientific that problems occur (like glow in the dark semen and instant DNA results)
     
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    I would be disappointed with 'he hacked into the man's banking records'. On the other hand, I really roll my eyes whenever I see someone trying three obvious passwords and correctly guessing it on the third try. It doesn't take a lot of detail to do a better job. Does the evil person have physical access to the victim's computer? If so, a keylogger could be mentioned, and then full access to bank accounts and the victim's accounts on speciality porn sites.
     
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    Yeah like @DefinitelyMaybe said, include some detail of what is involved but not too much.
     

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