Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Checking Facts

finished ch 18; 35,545 word count

Writing Tip: In today's chapter, one of the characters fell on a sharp object. I had the poor thing suffering from a severed artery. After some consideration, I realized that wouldn't do. She'd bleed out before I could get her help. And severed is a pretty strong word, implying completely cut through. So I deleted and changed it to nicked an artery. Still very bloody, but fixable with what the other character had at his disposal.
Think through the consequences of injuries and make the scenario from start to finish plausible.


  1. *aplauds!* Yes. I've done this before, but I don't think I've ever seen it talked about... not seriously anyway. I like the way you explained what went wrong and how it was fixed, btw...

  2. I need to think about that...but seeing as my charries are mostly executed...

  3. An excellent point! I have a character in my book who is tortured, and it's been a delicate balance what physically works and what would kill him (because we don't want that...)