View Full Version : Writing realistic injuries

07-24-2008, 07:45 AM
I found this link using stumbleupon and I had to share! If you need help writing about burns, cuts, broken bones, blood loss, etc. this is the place:



07-24-2008, 08:15 AM
Thanks! That's a helpful link for my poor characters. Now let's see how much they can take!

07-24-2008, 11:41 AM
Great link. Thanks for posting it.

07-24-2008, 02:03 PM
Thanks - I have a chapter lacking something, now I can contrive an accident!

Calla Lily
07-24-2008, 03:40 PM
Thanks! Great link.

07-24-2008, 04:06 PM
Thanks for the link -- I bookmarked it for later.

Another good basic resource I've used is the Red Cross First Aid and Safety manual.

In telling how to prevent and treat injuries, it gives depictions and pictures that can help trigger ideas on how to 'cause' them (fictionally -- of course) and write them more realistically.

It's also nice to have around the house -- just in case.

07-24-2008, 05:45 PM
Coolness! My characters are always getting the snot beaten out of them and it'll always be unrealistic because it's fantasy, but this should be interesting and useful. :D

07-24-2008, 06:07 PM
Thanks. My bad guy had a screwdriver jammed into his shoulder all the way to the handle. This will help with the internal injuries and long term blood loss.

07-24-2008, 07:25 PM
This link looks promising. I've bookmarked it. Thanks for sharing.

07-24-2008, 08:10 PM
Definitely good. I checked over some of the scenes I've done before with this as a guide.

Thank god for regeneration...

07-24-2008, 10:47 PM
Awesome! Thank you! XD

07-25-2008, 12:55 AM
Hey whatever I can do to encourage the maiming of innocent characters...muahahaaa!

07-25-2008, 01:23 AM
You're a life saver, Angela! That was one of the big problems in my manuscript. Thanks for the link!


J C Coy
07-25-2008, 01:40 AM
Sweet. I love hurting my characters. They hate me for it. :D

Thanks for posting.

07-25-2008, 06:04 AM
Nice! It's good to have a quick reference like that. I've got a good medical book for writers that goes into lots of detail (Body Trauma by David W. Page), but it can take forever to find and read through the parts you need. This is good and fast.


07-25-2008, 09:57 AM
Excellent site! I rely on my next door neighbor, who is a nurse, to tell me not only how to hurt them, but how they might go about patching themselves up without going to the hospital. Criminals tend to avoid those. She has been amazingly helpful - and when I cut my finger to the bone with a kitchen knife, she told me I was getting a little too involved in my research. One of the many reasons I love her. She also patched me up so I didn't have to go to the hospital - not because I'm a criminal but because the nearest one I will allow to treat me is 25 miles away.