13 April 2012

L is for Limping (A-Z Challenge)

L is for Limping

Injuries are going to happen when the world ends, this is a fact.  And not just the random characters you kill off in the first chapter, but your main characters and secondary characters, whether you intend to keep them alive or not are just as susceptible to harm as anyone else.

You’ll need to make injuries realistic – you’re not going to get far in the nuclear wasteland with your leg chewed off by mutated wolves, and think well in advance how those injuries will affect your characters long term.  That guy who lost his hand in a mincer?  How is he going to fire a weapon, dig a hole, drive a vehicle?

To gore or not to gore, that is the question.  Again, you need to be realistic, but you also have to think of your target audience – those hard-core horror fans and survivalists aren’t going to feel faint at the description of some blood and guts, but your human-interest-story fans may not find pages describing that decapitation necessary to the story.  Strike the right balance and you’ll keep everyone happy.

Ironically, I'm posting on Friday 13th about injuries - have a safe day!


  1. Nice blog good information in this blog .I like in formation in this blog .Thanks for sharing


  2. In my first novella, my monsters, called Zxxtergins, kill humans in a graphic way, but I also tried to focus on human elements of love and sex. It's a delicate balance, but you also have to stay true to what *you* want to write. You can't please everyone.

  3. Yes, I have a disabled man in my WIP and I have to keep thinking about what he can and can't do. I'm trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs this month.

  4. It's hard for me to do guts and gore (I skip over those parts even in King novels), but sometimes it's necessary for the plausibility of the story. Is it weird for me not to like it and need it at the same time? :-D



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