Your Character’s Been Shot. Bullet In or Bullet Out?

This post is sponsored by Kathleen A on Patreon! Thanks for your generous support! (Want to become a sponsor? Consider donating at the Hematocrit level!) I’ve gotten a lot of variations of this ask. Does the bullet stay in? Does it get taken out? What are the consequences? What are … Continue reading

BS Medical Tropes That Need to Die Part 4: Stealing Ambulances (With a Patient Still Inside)

Sometimes, dearest writer-friends, life imitates art. It’s happened before, in action movies, in TV shows, in books. Someone desperately needs to go somewhere. Maybe it’s chasing a bad guy, maybe it’s getting away from one. But the characters happen upon an ambulance, sitting on a scene with the engine running … Continue reading

The Writer’s Guide to Burns, Part 2 – First Aid, Field Care, and Pain Management

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Hey there, everybuddy! Pull up a Scriptuccino (yeah, I went there) and get cozy! Today we’re going to be talking about caring for characters with burns, specifically the early phases of their care. If you missed it, Part 1 of this series talks about burn depth and degree, and percent … Continue reading

The Unspoken Contract and the Rule of Reality

  Hey there everybuddy! Welcome back to Aunt Scripty’s Emporium of Mayhem and Ketamine. Today I want to talk about something that’s near and dear to my heart, but that maybe I’ve never quite properly explained before. I want to talk about Aunt Scripty’s Rule of Reality. Because I think … Continue reading

Massage Therapy Part 2: What’s A Massage Actually Like?

Hey everybuddy! Aunt Scripty here, and we’re back with another guest post. This is a follow-up to our post on Massage Therapy: Medical Applications and Mythconceptions. LMT Nana is back to tell us some more about the fundamentals of massage! Nana, take it away! Hello again, fellow writers! It’s LMT … Continue reading

Book Review: Take Off Your Pants! Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing

Author: Libbie Hawker Publisher: Running Rabbit Press Price (Amazon): $3.99 (kindle), $8.98 (paperback) (as of this writing) First, a disclosure: This book was recommended to me by Jordan of @scriptservicedogs . I purchased it with my own money. The links above are affiliate links, which means if you choose to … Continue reading

BS Medical Tropes that Need to Die TODAY Part 3: Truth Serum (Doesn’t Freaking Work)

BS Medical Tropes that Need to Die Part 3: Truth Serum (Doesn’t Freaking Work)   Hey there folks! Earlier this month, your kindly counterparts over on Patreon got access to vote on several nascent post ideas.  And this post  was the winner! Thanks so much to those who voted. I’ll … Continue reading

Massage Therapy Part 1: Medical Applications and Mythconceptions

Hi everybuddy! Aunt Scripty here. Today’s guest post is written by Nana, a Licensed Massage Therapist in the US. This is part 1 of a 2-part post on the basics of what massage therapy is (and, more importantly, isn’t). I’m so excited to have Nana’s posts here on the blog! … Continue reading

Pharmacology for Writers: Benzodiazepines (Valium, Ativan, Xanax and More)

This post was sponsored by @tafferlicious on Patreon! Thanks so much for your sponsorship. Want to sponsor a post every month? Consider Becoming a Patron!   What Do Benzos Do, Exactly? What Are They Used For? Benzodiazepines act as a central nervous system depressant. That has a multitude of different … Continue reading

Seasonal Diseases: Winter (Part 2)

Yep, Winter’s Still A Bitch. Last time on Seasonal Diseases: Winter (Part 1) we discussed making your characters ill with the Common Cold, the Flu, and Sinus Infections. Today we’re going to make your characters even more miserable, with heavier hitters like Pneumonia, Strep Throat, and Bronchitis. Before We Go … Continue reading

Seasonal Diseases: Winter (Part 1)

Winter’s A Bitch. It’s cold. It’s nasty. Your characters are bundled up…. and invariably, someone’s got the sniffles. This is the first post in a new series on Seasonal Diseases, where we take a quick look at various things your character might suffer from during the different parts of the … Continue reading

Write Better Doctors Part 1: How to Write More Memorable Doctors (Even If They Never Speak)

{This post appeared first on Patreon! Want to see the future? Consider donating!} Let’s face it: doctors are almost never at the heart of storytelling. For the vast majority of stories, if a doctor or nurse is getting mentioned, they’re patching up a main character, or delivering a piece of … Continue reading

Tropes Done Right Part 2: The Edison Medicine (The Hows, Whens and Whys of Shocking Your Characters)

Hello, delightful readers! Welcome to the second part of the Tropes Done Right series! Last time we discussed how to “safely” render someone unconscious, and it was a huge success! Today I want to talk about another trope in medical fiction: defibrillation (and/or cardioversion; more on differentiating the two in … Continue reading

The Writer’s Guide to Head Trauma 1/?: Lacerations, Hematomas and Skull Fractures

There is a biological understanding that we all have, that we all must come to terms with, and that understanding is this: We are all just piles of meat, being driven by our brains. Our brains can do pretty well without (some of) our  meat, but without our brains, we … Continue reading

Write Better Injuries: Broken Ribs

Broken Ribs Suck. At least, for characters. For writers, a cracked rib or three–when done correctly–can give you the chance to inflict physical agony on your characters. Because let’s face it: broken ribs hurt. And that pain can serve various purposes in story, from a physical reflection of your protagonist’s … Continue reading

Pharmacology for Writers Part 1: Anesthesia, Analgesia, Sedation, and Paralysis

Whuddup, peeps and other candies! Today Aunt Scripty wants to talk about a really important aspect of pharmacology, especially important for surgeries (both back-alley and OR) and emergency medicine types. Today we’re going to differentiate anesthesia, analgesia, and paralysis. We’re going to talk about drugs that affect each of these. … Continue reading