Today I’m contemplating how much poetic license is available to writers when creating realistic plots and characters. I don’t write fantasy, therefore I believe my characters and stories have to be believable. Saying that, often things need to be stretched to fit in fiction. I’m wondering how far you think novelists can stretch the truth or manipulate certain things to the benefit of their story world.
I’ll try to explain a little better. I’m currently about to start writing the second in a series of three linked books. In the first I introduced an American cop – blame my muse – who I knew would be the hero of the second book. I’m already in total lust with Noah Tucker but now I’m starting to research I’m wondering if the position I’ve put him in is possible and if it’s not, if it actually matters.
He’s only in Australia on a transfer for a short time. While not giving too much of the plot away, he didn’t want to go into witness protection in the US and therefore someone high up in the American police force, who is friends with someone high up in the Australian police force, suggested he go work in Oz for a while until the criminal who wants him dead is behind bars. While this fits my story perfectly, I’m not sure it would be possible in real life.
My research shows while cops can transfer to Australia from overseas they need to go through police training again in Australia and therefore am guessing a direct transfer would cause a few problems. This is the only part of my plot, I’m not sure legally/technically works.
What I’m asking YOU, is am I allowed a little poetic license to make this story work?
Would LOVE your thoughts!