Here’s a true story from the writers room. We were helping a freelancer, a first-timer to crime shows, plot her story. We needed a subtle clue to link two killings that previously seemed unrelated.
"I’ve got it," the freelancer said. "What if there is a tiny hole in the victim’s head and we
discover his brain has been drained out of his skull and replaced with dog shit."
"I don’t think that’s subtle enough," I said.
"Why not?" she said. "It’s a small hole."
Needless to say, she ended up backing out of the assignment.