Monday, November 25, 2013

22 things i've learned from reading detective novels

poetry & mystery
11/25/2013


From Nancy Drew to Sherlock Holmes, the detective as an archetypal character has always fascinated me.  Gently luminous...darkly glittering, the literary sleuth captivates my imagination.  Here is a list of 22 things I've learned from chasing detectives in detective novels:

1) Be curious
2) Ask skillful questions
3) Thinking through problems is an art
4) Expand the mind by reading, observing, and listening
5) Act with integrity
6) Patience has its rewards
7) When making decisions, balance reason with intuition
8) Make it a priority to pursue the truth
9) Cultivate an appreciation for mystery
10) Practice detachment
11) Develop a tolerance for the cold
12) Soft vices can be pleasurable and help define character
13) Think creatively
14) Solitude and loneliness are not the same thing
15) An understanding of human nature can come in handy
16) Maintaining self-control reflects maturity
17) Villains are worthy of compassion
18) Risk taking is sometimes necessary but prepare for it
19) Adopt a conservative dress code
20) Maintain a sense of awe
21) Be an observer
22) Make assumptions based on evidence

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