How Plot Differs from Story

(Excerpted from the forthcoming Maim Your Characters) Before we even start to look at injury plots specifically, it’s worth taking a good strong look at what stories are overall. This definition applies not only to an injury story, but to all stories. Ready? Here goes: A plot is what happens – the outside events of the …

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 and, well, they just…. get …