Tag Archives: tropes

(1/2) I cant find an answer anywhere on the internet, hopefully u can help. MC ends up going into labor during a blizzard and gives birth alone in a cave (never fear the queen’s guard finds them before they can freeze to death). The queen is passed out from exhaustion so cant help the guard “clean up the mess” who has no idea what to do w a fresh out the womb infant. the guard ends up having to cut the cord in order to dry and cover the baby up before it succumbs to the cold. The question: TBC

(2/2) …hope u can answer is this: bc the guard had no idea wtf he was supposed to do, he didnt tie or pinch the umbilical cord before/after cutting the umbilical cord. Would this harm the mother and/or baby? What would happen? (I forgot to say in the 1st part this is a nano q …

Hi. I have a serial killer who strangles victims. He also cuts out victim’s organs, purely for financial gain. I have two questions. How would they cut and be clearly not medically skilled? Also how long after death are different organs available for transplant and how would one store them without special equipment, and with special equipment? Much appreciated. Thanks. PS – I’m preparing a Criminal Minds fanfic for NaNo. :)

Hey there nonny.  Here’s the thing about organ harvesting: first, it’s best done while the person has a heartbeat. Second, it REQUIRES solid skills to make happen.  In terms of knife skills, there are all kinds of things that mark an amateur, mostly poor scalpel technique. Cuts that took two or three attempts to get …

NaNo prep! MC in hospital for septic infection of a graze wound on arm; two ppl with him. They’re fugitives & need to get out undetected. Security cameras will catch them, I know, and there are doors that only staff can open. Can you tell me anything about how a patient might escape from a hospital?

Hey there! First off, good luck with your NaNo!  Second of all – there’s no such thing as “escaping” from a hospital unless your character is in a locked psychiatric unit, in which case, as @scriptshrink will tell you, it’s basically impossible.  But if your character is admitted and no longer wants to be there? The …

What body-parts/organs could a character survive without, with the help of modern medicine? I have a character who falls victim to dark-magic shenanigans. The treatment is force the ‘infection’ into areas where it is less instantly fatal (away from brain) and removing the infected areas surgically. The doctor’s have access to the equipment that would be found in a small hospital – a basic operating theatre, dialysis machine etc.

OOOOOOH, I really, really like this idea, nonny! One of the things that I really love about well-done magical healing is that it’s not that the consequences go away, they just shift, and this is a perfect example of that.  Promise to link me to a copy of your story when it’s done, okay? I …

hey! so i have a character who intentionally submerges their entire forearm into a pot of boiling water for around 5 seconds (it should be noted that they can’t feel any sort of pain). they refuse proper medical treatment, and treat it themself (enough to keep it from getting infected or worsening any, at least) with what they already have at home/can buy. what would the scar look like after around a year or so? would there be any sort of effects to the mobility of their arm and hand?

Hey there nonny. Can I be blunt with you?  What you’re proposing is extremely problematic and I’d advise you take a look at the biases you’re portraying against those with insensitivity to pain.  Yes, there are people out there who can’t feel pain. They have a condition called CIPA, Congenital Insensitivity to Pain with Anhidrosis. …

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 …

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 a bit). We’re going into …