But watching those shows does make me worry about the search history on my own computer. Not because I plan to kill anyone, but just in case I'm ever accused of a crime if someone close to me mysteriously dies or disappears. We know sometimes innocent people become "persons of interest," so it's possible, right? And writers have legitimate reasons for searching for some pretty weird things. So how incriminating would my computer's history look?
I can see the interview now:
Detective: "Interesting. The coroner found that your neighbor died of botulism poisoning. You've been reading quite a few articles lately about botulism, haven't you? What a coincidence."
Me: "Oh. Right. Yes. I can explain that. It really is an amazing coincidence. See, I was writing this scene where a character is hospitalized after trying to make homemade Botox by sticking a needle into a bloated, dented can of peas and jamming the needle into her forehead."
Detective: "Uh-huh. And I suppose we can read this scene, in a book somewhere?"
Me: "Well, no. Turns out botulism poisoning isn't as hilarious as you'd think."
Detective: "I'm sure your neighbor would say the same thing. If she wasn't in the morgue, I mean."
Detective: "And you were also searching for 'How to fake a kidnapping,' 'Faking own death,' and 'New identity.' Going somewhere?"
Me: "No! Really, it's all going to be in a book. Maybe. I haven't revised yet. It's not for me, personally. I'm not going anywhere."
Detective: "Yes, you're right about that. I believe you won't be going anywhere for a long, long time."
Me: "Can I have my laptop back, then?"
So what weird searches have you found yourself doing as a writer? We'll be your witnesses. Just in case.