When guns are involved in fiction, someone will probably end up injured (or worse). The severity of gunshot wounds depends on a variety of factors – read on for a brief overview that will help you portray them more accurately in your story. Continue reading Writer Research: Gunshot Wounds
Soldier’s heart, shell shock, battle fatigue; there have been many names for the condition we now know as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Regardless of what we call it, PTSD has always been life changing for both the victim and their loved ones. Continue reading Writer Research: PTSD
There’s been more attention given to this recently, especially as it relates to athletes and concussions. Still, there are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to traumatic brain injury (abbreviated TBI), which often find their way into fictional writing. Continue reading Writer Research: Traumatic Brain Injury
How many times have we seen it in pop culture? A character develops complete amnesia from a knock on the head, only to have their memory miraculously restored by further head trauma. This might make for good (or not so good) drama, but we know these aren’t realistic portrayals.
(If you didn’t know, don’t tell me. Let me keep my delusions.)
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Real talk, guys. How many of us have read a book or seen a movie where a character has been miraculously revived by a couple chest compressions and a breathy kiss? How many of us have written such a scene? When I first became CPR certified a couple years ago, I was ashamed of similar portrayals I had written in my youth.
Don’t make the mistake I did. Follow the advice below to avoid common errors in writing CPR.
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