Most people have careers. Most people have a single, consistent personality. Not writers. Writers have a ton of folks battling inside them for attention: “Write about ME!” And most writers have had a few tasks at their jobs other than writing, but its writing they adore.
If this is true for writers as compared with non-writers, then it’s even more true for intelligence operatives, assets and case officers. Our job is mostly to write reports: Who knows what, why we should be interested, what we intend to do about them and what we found out.
If you’re a writer, this sounds familiar. If you read fiction, then imagine this scenario: You discover something fascinating about a person you’ve been interested in, and the first thing you ask yourself is, “Is what just learned true? Is it dangerous to me for my handlers to know what I know?” Inevitably, what…
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