When planning your murder mystery, motive is one of the most important factors. I’m in chapter four of the book Murder one: A Writer’s Guide to Homicide by Mauro V. Corvasce and Joseph R. Paglino, and it’s all about narcotics murders. Narcotics users span a huge age and socio-economic range, so it’s just as easy to create a believable millionaire junkie as it is to create a believable homeless addict. Drug dealing is a way to earn fast money with little or no education, so it’s prevalent in low-income areas. Drug use also provides a release (false, of course) or escape from environment, so it’s easy to see why someone in a high-stress, high-income environment might choose to sample drugs. Regardless of the socio-economic, educational, or environmental background of your drug-dealing or drug-using antagonist, he’s got a motive for doing what he does. Today I’ll deal with junkies, and in my next post I’ll discuss dealers.
- Someone tries to steal their stash of drugs
- Someone tries to cut off their supply of drugs
- Someone tries to steal the money with which they plan to buy their drugs
- Someone refuses to sell them drugs, perhaps dealers to whom the junkies are in debt for previous deals
- Someone sells them bad drugs