How-to Write like a Spook

spookI’m not sure what I was expecting from the Directorate of Intelligence Style Manual and Writers Guide for Intelligence Publications, 8th Edition (2011).  Certainly the organization that calls their training base “Camp Swampy” or “The Farm” would come up with something . . . creepy but interesting.

Seriously, it’s just a style guide.  Think the Chicago Manual of Style with a somewhat less attractive cover.

That said, the organization obviously recognizes the importance of clear writing from research, to slant, to the actual scripting of the manuscript.

“The depth of our knowledge, the strength of our thinking, and the power of our words will ensure that our customers, from policymakers to operations officers, continue to rely on the Directorate of Intelligence.”

Wow.  Customers.  Maybe it is a little creepy after all.

Check it out here to see Agency protocal when writing indefinite numbers, foreign terms, and more.  An excellent resource if your protagonist inadvertently intercepts information meant for someone who may, or may not, be up to something.

–SueBE

 

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